Few want an altercation to end the way it did in the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, but instructing someone to roll over in matters of personal encroachment is the moral equivalent of telling sexual-abuse victims like Elizabeth Smart, “It’s just a little penetration; deal with it.” And that’s exactly the message that would have been sent to the American people had the jurors found Mr. Zimmerman “guilty,” and a message rioters are intent on sending in the wake of the verdict.
Though it would be great if everyone could simply blow whistles to fend off attackers, as suggested this year by Rep. Joe Salazar (D.-Colo.), men aren’t angels, as the Founding Fathers aptly point out in Federalist No. 51.
Some — government officials included — painted the deadly row between the former neighborhood-watch commander and then-suspended African-American high-school student as a race-fueled vendetta on Mr. Zimmerman’s part, effectively pronouncing the Hispanic criminal-justice student guilty before his trial even began.
“The Justice Department not only met with Martin’s parents and the notorious racial arsonist [Rev. Al] Sharpton, as we reported earlier this week. It even helped them organize rallies against Zimmerman, who trial evidence shows shot Martin in self-defense,” reports Investor’s Business Daily.
Furthermore, Sanford, Fla. police in February of last year said they found no evidence to contradict Mr. Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense, reports the Florida News Journal, but media and grassroots outrage — fueled in part by a Change.org petition filed by parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton titled “Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin” — propelled the case to court in a mob-trumps-job fashion.
Photos of an apparently more youthful Trayvon flooded the Internet after the shooting, while photos of a bloodied Mr. Zimmerman failed to surface until two months after the February 26, 2012 tussle.
While the evidence points to Trayvon as the physical aggressor, as laid out by New York Times bestselling author Patrick J. Buchanan in his recent column titled “Not guilty – beyond reasonable doubt,” the end result of that fateful February night is a tragic one but not murder. There is simply not enough evidence for a conviction, the jury found. Mr. Zimmerman’s defense attorneys reiterated Friday that proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt just “doesn’t exist,” reports the Associated Press.
And though deadly force is an option ideally exercised as a last resort, it should never be off the table when defending life, liberty or property. The verdict handed down Saturday is an affirmation of the Second Amendment rights Americans still have to defend their lives and loved ones.