Concerning the recent shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida, I am disturbed on several fronts. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense, his use of deadly force allowed by Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Therefore, he has yet to be arrested or charged with any crime. Simple logic would overturn this defense and use of this law. Zimmerman was not standing his ground, but was tracking his prey, against the instructions of a 911 dispatcher.

Martin had made no attempt to come on Zimmerman’s property, nor had he threatened Zimmerman in any way. Zimmerman took it upon himself to follow Martin, in his vehicle and then on foot, after Martin had passed by Zimmerman and his property, no longer posing any threat.

If you noticed you were being followed, while doing nothing wrong, would you feel intimidated? I would. If you turned to confront the person following you and saw him holding a firearm, or wearing a firearm and perhaps reaching for that firearm, would you feel threatened? I would.

I would rush the guy and make every effort to knock him out or at least get the firearm away from him before he could aim and fire.

Perhaps that’s exactly what Martin did. In fact, then, it was Martin who was “standing his ground” and Zimmerman who was the aggressor.

Unfortunately, Martin is dead, and we will never hear his side of the story. I cannot help but feel that Zimmerman should be arrested and charged with manslaughter or second degree murder.

The defense of “stand your ground” is more likely to be the victim’s, not Zimmerman’s.

The police terribly mishandled this investigation, and they also should be accountable under the law. This was a totally unnecessary death.

I say this as a strong supporter of concealed carry laws and of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Don’t change the laws; enforce the ones we already have against manslaughter and murder.

William Fueston


Return of ?media bias

Pulitzer Prize-winning Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post has joined the fray with black leaders across the country who are calling for the lynching of Hispanic George Zimmerman for his self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Robinson, a professorial racialist akin to Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton, also rushed to judgment in 2006 when multiple white Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of the hate crime of raping a black stripper at a college party. Robinson remarked back then, “It’s impossible to avoid thinking of all the black women who were violated by drunken white men in the American South over the centuries.”

Statistically, it is an extremely rare occasion for a white person to murder a black, as opposed to blacks perpetrating crimes against whites, yet the crimes of blacks killing blacks are ignored by liberal blacks as well as by white liberals, who must presume that black-on-black crime is a constant that must be accepted and cannot be remedied.

The press has not done well to depict the baby-faced Martin as the innocent kid. It is now known that one witness has testified that the 6-foot-2-inch Martin was on top of a crying Zimmerman, flailing away, breaking Zimmerman’s nose and bloodying his head, before Martin was fatally shot. To racialists, it is the perfect storm, but to the rest of the country it is pure and simple media bias of the most disgusting sort.

J.R. Clarke