After a few funny posts I think its time to post a serious one. This Trayvon Martin has me really sick to my stomach. I heard about it a few weeks ago but I didnt realize the injustice in our legal system until this past weekend.
For some background, for those who don’t know, Trayvon Martin was a seventeen year old kid who was killed. Trayvon Martin was visiting his family and had just returned from the store with a pack of skittles and an iced tea. George Zimmerman, a white hispanic, part of the neighborhood watch, did not recognize him, so he shot and killed him. The story is that George Zimmerman felt threatened by this kid and killed him out of self defense. The kid was unarmed carrying a pack of skittles and iced tea! I am not sure how anyone could be afraid for their life in this situation.
To be fair, on the flip side of the coin, Martin’s parents have admitted that he was suspended twice in the last year from his school. He has buglarly as well as vandalism in his past. However, does this make him a violent kid? Not in my eyes. Does this mean that Zimmerman was right in killing him? I don’t think so.
What really bothers me about this case is how the law affects it. According to a CNN news article, “Florida’s law allows the use of deadly force anywhere a person feels a reasonable fear of death or serious injury and has been cited in a number of justifiable homicide cases in Florida.”
This cannot possibly be right! This leaves an awfully large window open for murder! How can it be legal to shoot someone if a person feels “reasonable fear” and how can that be regulated? If no witnesses are around and a person is shot and killed, the words “I was afraid” is enough to get you off? I don’t think this is right and it definitely needs attention!
I am writing this post to try and bring awareness to this situation and get the bloggers involved! Justice for this kid should involve reviewing this law so this does not happen in the future! Blog it, pin it, facebook it, tumble it! Do what you do to get the word out!
What do you think bloggers? Was the murder justified? Does the law need to be reviewed?