I’m a white guy living in Florida. I didn’t know Trayvon and I don’t know who all was the aggressor in the situation, despite what I’ve heard on the radio. However, I do think it highly unusual and suspicious that the police are giving Mr. Zimmerman a pass and not investigating.
I believe they are purposely mis-applying the “Stand Your Ground” law, which was only recently enacted to allow people who are IN THEIR OWN HOME to not be prosecuted for murder while in the process of defending themselves and their loved ones. But this instance doesn’t fit that. Both of those involved were outside and it appears that Trayvon was minding his own business when Mr. Zimmerman just came up and shot him.
I’m signing this petition because it is clear to myself and other political observers that the police and prosecutors, who were opposed to “Stand Your Ground” from the beginning, are deliberately mis-applying the “Stand Your Ground” defense to generate public hatred for this rule that is crucial to our freedom as citizens. Those in the government who want to disarm the citizenery will also seize upon this unfortunate incident as more ammunition for “tougher gun laws“, always under the pretense of protecting the people.
Here’s a quote from Ron Paul to illustrate the point. Whether you support Senator Paul or not is irrellevant. The facts speak for themselves. But don’t believe me or Ron Paul — go research this for yourselves.
History shows us that another tragedy of gun laws is genocide. Hitler, for example, knew well that in order to enact his “final solution,” disarmament was a necessary precursor. While it is not always the case that an unarmed populace WILL be killed by their government, if a government is going to kill its own people, it MUST disarm them first so they cannot fight back. – Ron Paul,
(Protecting Terrorists and Despots)
StraightDope.com has this to say on the matter of Hitler, gun control, and disarmament of the citizenry:
Cramer says the Nazis did benefit significantly from gun control in Eastern Europe in terms of “the inability of their victims to fight back.” He cites The Holocaust, a book by Leni Yahil (translated by Ina Friedman and Haya Galai, Oxford University Press, 1990), which has a chapter discussing armed resistance by Jews, including rebellions with just a few firearms and a lot of courage. In addition, he talks about Israel Guttman’s book, Resistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which discusses the difficulty the Jews faced in obtaining weapons.
According to a review by David B. Kopel of the book Lethal Laws, by Jay Simkin, Aaron Zelman, & Alan M. Rice, and available from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, the law already in place required a permit to obtain guns or ammunition, and another to carry a gun. (This was not the book referenced by Cramer above–that one is , J.E. Simkin & A. Zelman, 1992, also available from JPFO.) Guns were required to have serial numbers, and anybody owning one without a serial number had to have one stamped on it. Permitting was mostly left up to the police. Permits were only given to people of “undoubted reliability” who demonstrated a “need” for a gun. The law made it easy for Hitler to make sure his opponents couldn’t get permits and thus had no access to firearms. : Gateway to Tyranny
Remember, guns are not inherently bad, and neither are laws. Rather, it all depends on the intentions of those who wield them.
Mr. Zimmerman has the right to his day in court. Trayvon Martin and his family have the right to have his death investigated. To the family: my condolences for your loss and always, may justice prevail, sooner than later.
-Dr. Tempus Chronicum