One Bad Apple: George Zimmerman

I have been holding my comments, waiting for more information to come out about the killing of the 17 year old boy, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida.  If you read this blog very often, you should know that I am very much in favor of the Castle Doctrine, and plan to eventually move to a state more in line with my overall values.  I am also a mother, with a (nearly) 16 year old daughter.  Sometimes she walks to 7-11 and gets her little brother some candy, just like Trayvon did that night.  My heart breaks for his family, for his mom and dad – I cannot even imagine.

Allegedly, Mr. Zimmerman told the police he shot the boy in self defense.  I also understand Trayvon was on the phone with a girl and was telling her he was being followed.  She told him to run.  By the time the police came Mr. Zimmerman had a wet back, like he had been on the grass and blood on the back of his head.  I am going to leave all of this to the Grand Jury to sort out.  I do not feel that any of us have enough information to convict Mr. Zimmerman, although I am sure we ALL have an opinion.

Those of us who support 2nd Amendment Rights and work everyday to encourage others to train properly, and to know the laws associated with the state you live in are doing a service to our families, our neighborhoods, and our country.  I read many, many wonderful gun blogs that are educational, funny, empowering, and motivating.  The armed community as a whole are down to earth, patriotic people who believe in the values our founding fathers intended when they drafted the Constitution of the United States.  I read about women who just went shooting for the first time, grandfathers taking their granddaughters to the range, women on their way to the Olympics, and a mother who saved her children from harm with her own firepower.  All of these people never intend to shoot a person, never.  They did purchase a weapon knowing that IF they were attacked – they would protect themselves (or others).  Still, these are also grandmothers, teachers, and Girl Scouts.

The main thing I fear, and am already seeing, is when a person exercising their 2nd Amendment rights to own and use a firearm steps outside the lines of the law and causes a firestorm of backlash against gun owners. The ones who end up impacted most are the owners with ONLY good intentions such as I mentioned in the last paragraph.  It hurts the law abiding citizens, the ones who would prefer the Police take action if that were an option.  The vigilantes, or worse – the instigators among the gun owners, impact us all.

I do not know what the outcome of this story will be, for Trayvon’s family, for Mr. Zimmerman, nor for Florida gun laws.  The sad truth a mother out there has lost her 17 year old baby boy.  As responsible gun owners, I urge you all to act judiciously when you decide the time has come to aim your weapon.  One bad apple can spoil it for us all.

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17 thoughts on “One Bad Apple: George Zimmerman

  1. I am sad to say that i agree with everything you said but i also must say that unfortunately even when a gun owner is defending themselves or others, unquestionably, there is backlash towards lawful gun ownership. I thank you for the great site .Please keep up the great work you do for the folks who enjoy hunting, shooting, and exercising their second amendment rights.

  2. I believe in the Second amendment and also believe that everyone of us has the right to defend ones self. Don’t know much about the Castle Doctrine but what I’ve heard it sounds good, with flaws.
    The case with Mr. Zimmerman…hmmmm!!! We don’t know enough yet. If you judge a book by it’s cover, Zimmerman looks more like a thug than the young Martin boy.
    The wet back and blood on Zimmerman’s head could have been cause by him attaching the boy and the boy fighting back. How do we know?
    Zimmerman WAS told to back off and disobeyed. We don’t know the whole story…and all I can say is that I don’t have a good feeling about this one. I don’t think it was “clean”! Gut feeling and I could be wrong.

  3. There has been a rush to judgement on this case, complete with out of date photos and video and audio edited to make one or the other party look guilty. I wasn’t there, I don’t know.

    Did Zimmerman make mistakes? I think his first mistake was getting involved beyond a phone call. I carry a concealed weapon for one reason and one reason only, to defend the lives of my family and myself. Not my property, not my neighbors’ property, not even my neighbors’ lives.

    Walking around with a tool capable of taking another human life is a tremendous responsibility. I have killed other human beings in Iraq in 1991 and again in 2003 and it is an experience that will always haunt me. I did it because it was the duty I was sworn to do.

    I own nothing that is worth a human life, nor do my neighbors. If I catch you walking out of my house with my TV and checkbook and the tool I will use is my cell phone to call the police. I USAA will replace my stuff, I own nothing that is worth putting myself through killing a human being again.

    Break down my door while my wife and children are in my house, I assume you are there to do them harm and you are dead where you stand. I will take a life in that situation as it is the duty I swore myself to on the day I married my wife.

    Walk around my neighborhood in a hoodie (and you WILL stand out in my neighborhood in a hoodie), especially through backyards (it appears Trayvon was cutting through an alley behind houses, not on the sidewalk as originally reported) I will not confront you, I will use my phone and call the police.

    That was Zimmerman’s mistake. He needlessly put himself and Martin in a situation where violence was almost inevitable. Zimmerman failed to prepare himself mentally for the responsibility of being armed in public. I don’t know what was in his heart of if he is guilty of anything other than not being mentally prepared for a tremendous responsibility. I don’t know that he is a criminal or a racist.

    Before anyone goes out and purchases a self defense firearm, or applies for a CHL, I urge them strongly to honestly evaluate themselves. Determine first if you are even capable of taking another life, and the circumstances in which you are willing to do it. If you can’t come up with the answers, maybe defensive firearms aren’t right for you, even if they are your right.

    Just my .02.

    1. LTC F, Thanks for your comments. You bring up so many good points, points that most of the media seems to be leaving out. This is one of those cases where everyone needs to calm down and let the facts come to light. I fear that it’s like Roe vs. Wade with abortion, and this case (in the future) might be one turning point for gun-rights. All of us need to keep our eye on it, it has so much momentum toward increased Gun Control. I especially like your last paragraph. I write this blog to encourage training and use of weapons by all (especially females) but, just because you can does not mean it is for everyone. Getting out and training, training, training will help you decide. When you hear the gun powder explode – it becomes very real how powerful these weapons are.

      1. Chantilly,
        Thanks for your kind words. This case is frustrating in so many ways. The vultures on all sides are circling and I fear that if Zimmerman isn’t indicted there are groups that will incite riots that will make the Rodney King Riots look like a walk in the park.

        Most of all it frustrates me when I go to the range how many people I talk to who haven’t thought out the circumstances under which they would resort to deadly force, or have considered the responsibility one takes on by carrying a weapon in public.

        Great blog, and I’m glad to see that you didn’t let some under educated clerk in a gunshop talk you out of a .45. To quote one of my favorites, Massad Ayoob, bigger bullets let more blood out and more air in, which is the key to ending a gunfight quickly.

    1. Suzy, thank you as always for your support and I am honored that you would share this story as you know I am one of YOUR fans! I wrote this story a long time ago – at the beginning, and even knowing what I know now from following the trial I do not really different than I did in the beginning. Something about “great power comes with great responsibility” and owning and using a firearm definitely should include extreme weight in the decision to use it against another human being.

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