I'd like to clear something up.
I think that reporting such things is a GOOD thing, because we need to be made aware of such matters if we are to change our laws for the better.
Exploitation of a person's pain for political motive is repulsive on either side, and accusations of race-bating, is..well, race-baiting itself.
I'd also like to say that for some reason, people equate justice with a happy ending. Justice, from my experience, can be painful for all of those personally involved.
My only opinion on the matter is that the "stand your ground" law is flawed. I'm going to be really unpopular by further adding that I wish for stricter gun control laws.
The only reason I own a handgun is that I inherited it, and yes, I needed a level playing field being alone in this house after Katrina. When the police asked me to stop aiming at people walking the streets after curfew during our period of martial law, I did. But I also know that even if someone is in my home, and I shoot them and they die, it might be legal. But I'll never be freed from my own conscience.
I haven't watched the news today, btw.
I'm under doctor's orders to remain calm and I am out of valium.
But you all go for it, but I beg you, for the sake of our nation, for the good of all, please type carefully regarding racial matters, and I do agree that two certain networks go far overboard (one would be Left and the other Right) in creating sensationalism which I feel is irresponsible. It dirties up journalism--which once upon a time seemed to have a code of honor which I am finding more and more difficult to detect.
(And thank you, Mike, I did sleep well, and yes, the book is yummy and has been on my "read before you die" list for a while.)
Ciao. and *peace*
I shall save my bloodlust for former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, a profiteer of pain if I ever saw one...