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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

George Zimmerman, law abiding citizen

Can we talk about George Zimmerman after he was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin? There was a lot of celebration by those on the right who thought Zimmerman did the right thing and was just acting in "self defense". He stood his ground against a young black teen walking in the neighborhood doing nothing wrong. So Zimmerman was just exercising his rights, right?

Let's look at how this "law abiding" citizen has conducted himself since his acquittal.

He got his gun and his permit to carry a loaded gun around in public again even though we all know he shot a young man to death.

He was caught lying about rescuing some people in a likely false car accident in order to generate sympathy for him.

He visited a gun manufacturer.

He was caught speeding in Texas with a gun in his glove compartment.

He was caught speeding again today.

He wants the state of Florida to pay for his defense costs.

So these are the folks exemplifying the Stand Your Ground laws and poster children for the corporate gun lobby. This stupid and dangerous behavior is what our American gun culture is all about. This is the America we have. Is this the America we want or deserve? Raise your hand if you think George Zimmerman has or had any common sense concerning guns or just about anything for that matter. He is perfectly clueless and narcissistic enough to carry on with his life as if nothing has happened. He took the life of another human being. Exhibiting an ounce of sensitivity, modesty, some understanding of his situation, and a modicum of restraint would serve him better. Instead his "in your face"and arrogant behavior is thumbing his nose at the world. And these are the folks we allow to carry loaded guns around in public. Enough is enough. It's time for a change.


  1. This, America, is your poster-boy for "Stand Your Ground." It's only a matter of time before he gets involved in a more serious crime, again, than speeding. Just watch.

  2. FYI readers- some of you have sent me comments defending George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin and all of his actions since his acquittal that I wrote about. This "discussion", and difference of opinion and even facts, has taken place on this blog before. We disagree obviously and will continue to disagree about what happened the night George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.

  3. Im not going to get into the Zimmerman trial, its over and the Fed case against him is little more than politics to placate certain groups.

    That said, he's a free man, visiting a gun factory and speeding are hardly newsworthy items.

    1. The media has decided they are newsworthy. They are watching George Zimmerman. He is already doing some questionable things out there that create attention to himself. I disagree with your assessment but I'm sure you are surprised by that. He is a free man who has to be more careful than the average person when doing things that even his lawyers had trouble with.