Letter: Misplaced frustration
After reading “Five views: race, guns, ‘Stand Your Ground’ ” (Monitor Forum, July 23), I noticed some misplaced anger and frustration surrounding the Trayvon Martin- George Zimmerman saga.
Those who oppose “Stand Your Ground” should look at the law and what it is supposed to do. It is designed to protect the average Joe’s right to be in public and mind his own business without fear of grave bodily harm and/or death. Yet, should that fear become a reality, Joe is allowed to defend himself or a third party.
The law is not designed to allow a wannabe cop to pursue someone he deems suspicious, initiate a confrontation and then use deadly force to end that confrontation. The issue shouldn’t be with the law but with the enforcement of the law.
Once a person stops standing and starts covering ground in order to cause grave bodily harm and/or death, it has become a crime and not a defense.
I also take issue with the idea that a “pro-gun” culture caused this tragedy. How about the “Excessive Force” and “Your Rights Don’t Matter Because I Have a Badge” culture?
The use of unnecessary force by U.S. law enforcement officers is a growing epidemic. A quick look at the plethora of citizen-made videos on YouTube showcases the callousness and contempt of law enforcement toward the Bill of Rights (including due process, search and seizure, and self-incrimination).
So if an in-shape, trained, armed officer of the law can hurt, shoot or even kill an unarmed citizen because he feels his safety has been threatened, why couldn’t a vigilante neighborhood watcher?
The roots of the issues in this case need to be addressed, not just the political hot-potatoes passed around from pundit to pundit.
AARON and SAMMIE McGAHAN