As if the Zimmerman trial has not been politicized enough, ultra nanny Michael Bloomberg has decided to use it to push his gun grabbing agenda with an attack on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Referring to it as a ‘shoot first’ law, he claimed that such laws encourage deadly confrontations.
Probably the most disturbing aspect in the shooting of Trayvon Martin has been the series of attempts by the media, politicians and activists to politicize it. After the initial investigation resulted in a decision that it was a clear-cut case of self-defense, everybody from the White House down decided to get involved.
In an action probably unprecedented in US history, President Obama weighed in with, “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” If an Australian politician were to make such a statement he would be accused of prejudicing any resultant trial.
The DOJ got involved to an unseemly degree and is maintaining that stance, while racist demagogues like Al Sharpton have been stirring up racial tensions to the point of jury intimidation with the threats of race riots in the event of a not guilty verdict.
The leftist media has done its best to paint this as a race crime, referring to Zimmerman as a ‘white Hispanic’. A special mention though, goes to NBC which edited the transcript of a phone conversation by the accused to read, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” leaving out the dispatchers question (replaced by ellipses) “Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?”
This is a clear attempt to attribute a racist motive to his motives. Sadly, many of those who genuinely believe that Zimmerman was acting out of racial motives may do so because of this, although fortunately NBC does not have much of an audience.
Stand Your Ground was erroneously raised early in the reporting of this incident as a possible contributory factor, however it was never mentioned in the defense case at the trial. It was irrelevant to the defense as at the time of shooting, Zimmerman was on the ground with Martin on top of him beating his head against the pavement.
SYG does not allow a citizen to become the aggressor; it simply clarifies the position that there is no requirement to attempt to flee a dangerous situation before using deadly force. For example, a woman being confronted by a guy with a knife and a hard on does not have to run away prior to pulling out a Glock and blasting him.
It is after all, much more difficult to hit a target when exhausted.