A very brief but heated rant on the George Zimmerman trial

Look, I just have to say this.

This damn George Zimmerman trial is driving me insane.

I covered quite a few trials back in my newspaper days, and I don’t think there’s any way on earth Zimmerman can be found guilty of Murder 2, especially given the shoddy police work following Trayvon Martin’s death.

Regardless, I want Zimmerman’s punk ass convicted anyway, because he’s a lying, pathetic, slimy, steaming sack of shit. He’s damn well responsible for unnecessarily instigating a situation that led to a teenager getting killed for nothing more than minding his own business. (And yes, I know Martin was no perfect shining angel. That doesn’t matter in the slightest. He didn’t do a damn thing to initiate this situation.)

And it’s all just an incredibly depressing reminder of a society that lets weird little wannabe action heroes run around with handguns, despite (in this case) Zimmerman’s history providing plenty of reasons he wasn’t emotionally qualified for concealed carry. It escalates any conflict into a potentially deadly situation.

Okay, I feel better.

Well, not much better.

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2 Responses

  1. Though I like my rants longer and rantier, I largely agree with Rick. Sadly, I think this was always going to happen. If it hadn’t been Trayvon, it would have been some other black youth. Zimmerman was an overzealous suburban commando with a hero complex. He was prejudiced and looking for trouble, real or imagined. And yes, he should not have had that gun. Now, when you make a statement like that, people get all upset. I can almost hear them. “Jolene thinks Obama should take my guns and my liberty and photograph my penis while I’m sleeping. The constitution says I have the right to have my guns!” I’m not saying you can’t have a gun. I’m not saying you can’t fire a gun. I’m not saying you can’t go out hunting or keep a handgun for protection or take your kid to the range one Saturday for some gun powder and lead bonding. I am saying that right should be reserved for healthy, productive citizens. You don’t need a military-grade weapon to protect your home, unless you are being terrorized by a band of rogue ninjas. And crazy people REALLY don’t need guns of any kind. I think people need to dial their emotions down a notch and really use some common sense. Keeping guns out of the hands of people like Zimmerman makes us all a little safer. Trayvon Martin would most likely be alive if we had stricter gun laws. He at least wouldn’t have died that day at the hands of a man who had called 911 almost 50 times in a little over a year. He even called to report a suspicious seven-year-old. Yep, the kid was black. Good thing the child didn’t run, or maybe Zimmerman would have given chase and gunned the little boy down. But I wonder if even that would be enough of a wake-up call for the die-hard gun collectors. Incidents like these keep happening, and if we don’t change the laws, they will continue.

  2. Quite right too! I can’t stand the devaluation of life. It saddens me that he even felt entitled to plead “not guilty.” If I took a life like this, I wouldn’t defend myself against any punishment. Then again, I’d never do what George Zimmerman did.

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