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Zimmerman walks

There was plenty of public protesting after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. The common theme seemed to be: “a teenager is shot to death by a neighborhood watch guy and it’s not a crime? How can that be?”
Having covered a number of murder trials in courtrooms, I can tell you that verdicts may not be as obvious as they seem. Juries contend with a lot of information, plus the presentations of attorneys … some of them highly-skilled, some of them, not so good.
My impression is that a citizen out to make his neighborhood safer found himself in a dangerous and highly-volatile situation. It was a situation that would have been better handled by trained public servants … police officers.
I understand the motivation to arm ourselves for protection. But anyone who buys a gun for that purpose ought to think long and hard about the possible consequences of using that weapon on another human being.
Our thought for today is from Confucius:
“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” 

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Locations : Florida
People : George ZimmermanTrayvon Martin

07/17/2013 1:34AM
Zimmerman walks
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