Recently I asked some of you to sign a petition… …forcing officials to further investigate “the murder” of a 17 year old Florida boy who was alleged to be walking home from a convenience store after purchasing Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles.
In that post, I recounted “evidence” presented to me, that appeared to indicate that a kid in Sanford, FL had been shot in the street while minding his own business.
The facts presented by the media made it look like George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, for the crime of acting “suspiciously”.
We were appalled at this., just like anyone else would be. In that post, we reminded our readers that IF you see something suspicious, you call a cop. You don’t put yourself in danger and you don’t act as “Judge, Jury and Executioner”.
To recap, it was reported by many news agencies that:
George Zimmerman, a local “Neighborhood Watch” volunteer decided that carrying Iced Tea and Skittles posed a threat to his community. So, he shot a child to death.
It should be noted that the media photo of Trayvon used by the media was taken when he was about 12 years old. The actual appearance of Trayvon Martin at the time of his death was “considerably different”, some would even say “thugish”.
They went on to claim that Trayvon Martin was killed (shot to death) in the street by a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed that Trayvon was “acting suspicious”. Trayvon was unarmed, wearing regular clothing (as opposed to gang clothing, colors, etc…) and just “walking toward his destination”.
They built their case by stating that “the shooter claims to have felt threatened by the boy’s presence”.
They implied that Trayvon was just “one boy, carrying a bag of skittles and a paper cup filled with Iced Tea”.
Look, many of you know that I am a proponent of firearms rights and maintaining your own personal safety, but this?
This was portrayed as murder.
And, ironically, the shooter hadn’t been charged with the commission of ANY crime.
This started the parade… Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama.
In the original article that we wrote, we stated:
“IF George felt so “threatened” , why didn’t he just hold the boy for local LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS? I mean, isn’t that what LEOs will tell you, when you’re donning that “Neighborhood Watch” Mantle?
I called a local LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) who actively participating in training “Neighborhood Watch Groups”. I asked him, point blank, what specific instructions volunteers are given as far as “conduct while protecting their communities”;
“If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately and then wait for officers to arrive. Do not expose yourself to risk. That’s WHAT trained Professional Law Enforcement Officials are FOR.”
Apparently, Zimmerman felt different or missed that meeting. The unarmed Martin was shot in a gated subdivision outside of Orlando by Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense under the “Stand Your Ground” law, which expands the right to claim self-defense beyond the home in Florida…“
Jeff Parker / Florida Today – wrote on his blog:
“Armed with Florida’s flawed “stand your ground” laws, Zimmerman remains free as police, and now the feds, sift the facts concerning the killing of a “suspicious” teen armed only with iced tea and Skittles.”
The FACTS as they come forward, corroborated by eyewitnesses, paint a different story altogether. The media left some of the facts out, you see.. like the fact that when shot, Trayvon was on TOP of George Zimmerman, beating him to a pulp.
But, starting a race war sells more papers, I suppose.
Whatever “really happened” is for the authorities to decide. But regardless of the outcome of the investigations, we stand by our statement that this tragic event (no matter how you look at it) gives anti-gun legislators that much more ammo (pun intended) to use as they try to disarm Americans.
Addendum – April 1st, 2012
The plot thickens;
When the story first broke, George Zimmerman got painted with a pretty broad brush… and not in a flattering color.
When this story broke, the “facts” (presented by the liberal media) made it sound like George just shot a kid in cold blood. Then, we at RR (I suspect that it’s because we’re heavily family oriented) were lobbied to help “right this wrong” using those “presented facts”.
But as time goes on, “the kid” has become something more… and certainly something less than “an innocent kid with a handful of candy”.
As we watch the facts play out (facts that are being pointed out to me in “baskets” of email, no less), the shooting of Trayvon starts to look more and more like a matter of self-defense.
One of our readers, we’ll call him “Tom”… told us;
Read the 911 transcripts and the ensuing police reports and you start to learn about the two eyewitnesses that have identified Trayvon on top of Zimmerman while Zimmerman yelled for help. The more you look at it, it becomes evident that Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon for acting suspicious, he shot Trayyon because Trayvon was already on top of him, beating him senseless.
Tom is right. WE got suckered in by the liberal media and bought the lead story, hook, line and sinker.
In fact, our first post on this shooting was based on what has now proven to be the sensationalist, biased media’s accounting of what happened along with race-baiting media wh*res like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton…
… while Obama speaks out in a manner that can only help rekindle the discontent felt during the Rodney King riots.
So, dear reader, while we’re still sorry that someone died, our gut reaction is still the same. When you see something suspicious, call a cop. Don’t put yourself in harms way. USE your head and do the right thing.
Your personal safety may depend on it.
And, understand that one of our big concerns at RR is that the media uses incidents like this to further the causes of gun-control fanatics who seek to disarm this country and turn us all into sheep.
Were not going to comment further on this matter, except to extend an apology to George… While we still maintaining that he acted incorrectly, it looks like he’s getting a bad rap.
You can read more about it, HERE.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…