The problem I'm seeing with that "stand your ground" law is that it extends liberties of self-protection beyond what is reasonable self-defense. This law requires that aforementioned speculation--it encourages and even enhances character assassinations on BOTH sides. It's been made evident that it is difficult to prove or disprove--the law is a bad law, and is, in my humble opinion, flawed and should be revoked because it denies due process--and due process is the spine of civil rights.
If the facts are that one man had a gun, and the dead boy had none, it's so blatantly a mismatch that this case is difficult to ignore. I am not saying that George Zimmerman is guilty either. But I will assert emphatically that due process was, for some reason, dropped.
I think the family deserves an explanation to why, and if all of this...whatever we wish to call this--is ignored--then Florida goes on record, establishing precedent for license to kill.
It's good to see you here, Denise. I was starting to get worried.
I confess I woke with qualms about my inappropriate joking about such a painful situation. And as I stated previously, sometimes, justice is severe. (The two-edge sword.)
I'll try to bow out gracefully, since it IS indeed in the hands of the State of Florida. But I feel compelled to remind all of what transpired on Danziger Bridge on ...one of the days (admittedly fooggy on the date, here) but I was proud that Louisiana prosecuted the police officers who shot first and asked no questions later. (A child was killed, as was a mentally handicapped adult man, and the woman trying to find refuge for those two in her care didn't even realize her hand was blown off until she followed the orders of the police to put her hands in the air.)
I think that situation was a tougher call to do the right thing, since our police were not only outnumbered, they were emotionally distraught. I also applauded when the police officers who simply left, dismissing themselves off duty were pardoned.
We're fighting a tough fight of corruption, not just in New Orleans, but throughout Louisiana.
Again, I say, if tired fervor is possible, I have it--it might be called Shingles, come to think of it....but if tired fervor is a preferable term, that's what I feel.
I tell this story only to underscore the fact that it's entirely possible to do the wrong thing, with right motivation, in a condition of duress. But DUE PROCESS must apply, even, maybe ESPECIALLY to our law enforcers.
And sadly, I also admit, that I could not look into a camera and assert that I have the answers regarding Sanford, Florida. But I do have a lot of questions.
I think Florida is beautiful, and I'd like it stay there, too. Florida makes my life a helluva lot easier. And please keep in mind that I'm typing from Jefferson Parish, not Orleans. (That's a few blocks away.) But it was a Jefferson Parish sheriff who beat Arizona on the racial profiling thing by years. Sheriff Harry Lee told the world he considered racial profiling "common sense" police work--and defended the accusations of him being racist by stating the he could not be racist--because he was Chinese.
Yeah, that's a bit, "WHAT?"
The answers to Florida's latest riddle may never be found. Florida, if past proves a tendency, can and will take their time about ANYTHING. But if I were a citizen of Florida, I'd probably become a watchdog of the watchdogs.
A bad reputation is so hard to live down...
And yes ma'am. You're talking to one who knows.
I'm delighted to see you, however sad the circumstances. Don't be so shy about popping in, okay? Love you much!