Ran across an interesting article about the monies being raised on both sides of the Trayvon Martin case, and was particularly interested in what Martin’s parents seem interested in accomplishing:
The goal is to raise $1.5 million for programs such as teaching conflict resolution to teens.
The first order of business: a movement to repeal the Stand Your Ground laws that exist around the nation. Fulton released a video on Friday, timed for Mother’s Day, on secondchancecampaign.org urging Americans to appeal to their respective governors to eliminate laws that offer increased immunity in self-defense cases.
Interested in teaching conflict resolution? The cynic in me views that as an admission that they recognize that their son has a problem with his temper and violence. Perhaps they are aware of the bus driver assault their son is rumored to have committed shortly before his death in addition to whatever he did around their homes or elsewhere.
It could perhaps also be interpreted another way, perhaps as a way of stating that if George Zimmerman had better conflict resolution skills, that he wouldn’t have shot their son. Of course by the point their son was allegedly attempting to smash Zimmerman’s skull into paste that idea went right out the window.
Their other interest is repealing “Stand Your Ground” laws, which is stupid. Yes, I’m claiming that Martin’s parents are stupid. SYG laws had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin’s death.
If the events went as George Zimmerman described it is a clear-cut case of self defense that predates the existence of firearms. If Zimmerman is lying, and he shot Martin without reasonably fearing his life was in danger, he is guilty of manslaughter. In either event SYG laws are irrelevant.
Some gun-grabbers interested in pushing this and any other law that they can to role back self-defense rights are attempting to claim that if SYG laws didn’t exist, then Zimmerman would not have shot Martin. That is utter hogwash, neither logical nor remotely supported by any evidence other than their fevered imaginations.
The Trayvon Martin family is suffering through the loss of their son and I feel sorry for them for that.
Attempting to strip the God-given right of self defense from Americans, however, is evil.