Ok, I didn’t mean that you were a dummy. I meant that I’m going to attempt to simplify the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.
If you’ve been following the trial, you know that the pundits and the talk show hosts are every day covering who won or lost the trial that day, meaning the prosecution or defense. They are also grading and evaluating each witness and their potential affect on the jury. Once again, the pundits are assured that only they have the wisdom and insight to see through the testimony of each witness and that the jury members are far too dumb to understand the real meaning of the witnesses’ testimony.
Then you have the mandatory “panel of experts.” This is where they fight back and forth, insult each other and otherwise argue over minutia. After watching the shows, one comes to accept the wisdom of the statement that everyone with an anal sphincter has an opinion.
But what are the real issues in the George Zimmerman case? I could also list dozens of pages filled with minutia, the unimportant and the trivial but all of those things take us away from the real issues and the simple reality of the events of that night.
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. I don’t plan to be sensitive to biases, prejudices and preformed opinions that individuals had acquired long before any evidence was revealed to the public.
I’m not an insensitive individual. That’s not what stops me from being sensitive in my addressing these issues. However, what does stop me is the fact that “sensitivity” or pussyfooting would simply obscure the simple reality of the case and here is the simple reality of what happened. What I am about to write is not colored or slanted it’s just a pure view of the events of that night.
George Zimmerman was driving through his neighborhood when he saw a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, walking through the neighborhood in the rain, acting suspiciously to Mr. Zimmerman. George Zimmerman, then called 911 and reported what he saw and what he believed to be true. The 911 operator suspected that George Zimmerman might be following the guy that he just called to report. The 911 operator told Mr. Zimmerman, not to follow him.
Now you might think that me adding the part about the 911 call and the operator telling him not to follow the person, who we now know to be Trayvon Martin, is adding to the trivia. It really isn’t trivia. It’s important to what follows. The 911 operator knew that it is dangerous for a number of reasons, for a citizen, a non-police person to follow another person. It’s just dangerous. A policeman is trained to do that, is empowered to do that and a civilian simply is not.
Now back to the story. George Zimmerman leaves his truck, makes his way in between houses and comes to encounter Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin had no weapon, in fact he had nothing that could be used as a weapon. He had a plastic bottle of iced tea and a small bag of skittles and a cell phone. George Zimmerman had a 9 mm pistol in a holster located at the back of his waist.
They start to fight. If you’re a Zimmerman supporter you inherently believe that Trayvon started the fight. If you’re a Trayvon supporter you believe that George started the fight. It really doesn’t matter how the fight started. Let’s be honest though, if you’re a man out there reading this and you were being followed in the night, in the dark, by someone who was not a police officer, it would frighten you and you would be prepared to fight and defend yourself. Is that unfair of me to say? I don’t think so and I don’t think any honest man out there would say otherwise. It’s reasonable to conclude that Trayvon felt threatened.
If you decide to follow a stranger in the dark, between houses, then you better be prepared for a fight to break out. It might not happen but it very well could and if you’re honest you have to admit that. I mean come on guys, just making eye contact for too long a time, with another man, can cause a fight to break out. Guys, am I lying?
Again, back to the story. George and Trayvon are fighting. They are wrestling around, throwing amateurish blows at each other. I say that because neither combatant had any serious or even semi-serious fight related injury. I know that Trayvon ends up with a big hole in his chest but that’s not fight related that’s gun related.
George ends up with a swollen nose, that may or may not have been broken and again let’s be honest, two abrasions to the back of his scalp. Neither one required stitches or similar medical attention. Four hours later, a photo shows that most of the swelling to George’s nose had gone down.
Have you ever been in a fight? If so, you’d be mighty lucky to come out of any fight with only those minor injuries.
That’s an important part of the story because George Zimmerman claims he killed Trayvon in self-defense. That means that George thought that Trayvon was about to kill him. George probably did believe that but that doesn’t mean that he was right.
I want you readers, especially you guys, to think back about the fights you’ve been in and the fights that you’ve heard of or observed, where it was fists only, no gun, no knife, no club, no rock, no nothing, just fists. How often do those fighters die? How common is it for a man or teenage boy to kill or be killed in a fight, a fistfight?
Usually, you saw both combatants the next day in school. Neither one, looking too bad. Maybe a black eye or a small cut or broken nose but nothing too serious, no one ended up in the hospital.
So back to the story, yet again. Trayvon and George are still fighting. George says that Trayvon is on top of him. George said that Trayvon hit him in the face 25 or 30 times, yet we can see in the photo only George’s swollen nose but no other damage to his face. Maybe George was right and Trayvon did hit him 25 or 30 times but if it is true and if that’s what happened, Trayvon was not hurting him.
George claims self-defense. He needed to kill Trayvon before Trayvon killed him. That’s what George says and I believe that’s what he thinks. The simple truth is that George Zimmerman was fighting a 17-year-old boy who weighed 50 pounds less than George did. Anyone who knows anything about fighting , knows that it’s not the height of the fighter that is important but it is the weight of the fighter. In boxing, weight is so critical that fighters must fight within a weight class, thus we have lightweight, flyweight, middleweight, heavyweight, and so forth.
Now George was in pretty good shape. He had been taking mixed martial art classes and those are simply fighting classes that teach someone how to be a good fighter. He took those classes three days a week for a year. George wasn’t a couch potato. He had more training in fighting than 99.99% of the men in this country. Very few men take mixed martial art classes, three days a week, for a year.
Now, don’t get me wrong here, I don’t think that George Zimmerman is, was or ever will be a good fighter. I think, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old kid was winning the fight. I don’t think Trayvon Martin, was much of a fighter either. I think he was just a kid trying to be a “man.” He was not a man but he was trying to be a “man.” Trayvon was fighting back, trying to defend himself from the stranger who had been following him.
A fight broke out, that’s what happened. I would expect a fight to break out in that type of circumstance. There was fear on both sides.
George knew that he was losing the fight and he was probably quite frightened and he pulled out his gun and shot Trayvon. And here is what it comes down to. If you are losing a fight are you allowed, under the laws of this country, to shoot and kill the person who is winning the fight?
What if George did not have a gun? How do you think it would have ended? I think it would’ve ended like most fistfights. One guy quits. One guy wins. Both guys go home. Seriously, I ask you again if George did not have a gun, how do you think this all would have ended? Don’t forget the police had already been called. Many neighbors, called 911. I don’t know for sure, how this fight would’ve ended, no one does. But it is reasonable to conclude that it would’ve ended in the manner that is most common to all fistfights.
As for George Zimmerman’s contention that he had to kill Trayvon before Trayvon killed him, I need some evidence of the danger of death that George faced. That means I need to see the evidence of injuries to George Zimmerman. If George had been hospitalized for three weeks following the fight, if I saw pictures of George Zimmerman and his face was so damaged that he was nearly unrecognizable, if George had broken ribs, a broken jaw, missing teeth, then I might conclude “yeah that Trayvon, had already just about killed George and George needed to shoot him before Trayvon did kill him.”
But instead, I see pictures of George with a swollen nose and two small lacerations on the back of his head. That picture does not tell me that George was in serious danger. It tells me instead that George had suffered minor injuries from a fight that had already gone on for a lengthy period of time. If it had gone on for five more minutes, which is an eternity in the world of street fighting, how much more damage would George have had? Was George in imminent danger of dying or was he in imminent danger of just losing a fight? You are simply not allowed to shoot someone because they are winning the fight and you are losing. It’s not okay to kill someone because you are frightened. It’s not okay to kill someone, if you are really, really frightened. It’s not okay to kill someone if you’re scared to death. It’s only okay to kill someone if it is the only way to prevent that someone from killing you. George was licensed to carry a gun but he was not licensed to shoot anyone.
James Bond was licensed to kill, not George Zimmerman.