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.