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Stand Your Ground?

Stand Your Ground?

Hello, everyone.

Unless someone has been living in a universe far, far away, everyone knows by now that George Zimmerman has been exonerated of the killing of Trayvon Martin. In my personal opinion, “Not Guilty” was the only proper verdict that could have been rendered.

But I do not want to talk about the case per se. I wish to discuss the foundation on which the case was built – Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

The basic premise of the law is that everyone has the right to use deadly force if necessary to protect himself from physical assault or threat of same. For example, if someone found himself in a bad section of a city and was carrying a gun, he could use that gun to protect himself. And if he wounded or killed someone else in the course of doing just that, he would be exempt from prosecution for any crime due to the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Florida is not the only state with such a law. Texas has a similar law which goes further than the Florida law. In Texas, one can use deadly force to protect his property – both real and personal.

There have been two rather notorious cases involving the Texas law. The first one involved a guy who owned a pickup truck. He had fallen behind in his payments and the finance company was coming to seize the truck. The owner set up a stake-out on a public road and waited until the repo people had come for the truck. They came one night, in the middle of the night, and the guy was ready. As the truck passed him on the public road, the owner took a high-power rifle and shot the person behind the wheel. His defense at trial was that he was acting within the constraints of the law and was protecting his truck from being stolen. The jury agreed because they acquitted the truck owner of murder. The Property Protection Law saved the guy’s skin.

This was maybe 10 years ago. Earlier this year, another Texan was exonerated of murder under this same law. This time, a man had engaged a female escort from Craig’s List for whatever purpose. Now I know Craig’s List only by reputation, so I don’t know their policies or rules regarding situations like this particular one. But according to the media, the man apparently had asked the woman to engage in sex with him and she refused. The affair occurred in the parking lot of the apartment building where he lived. According to the media, when the woman refused his demands for sex, he hurried into his apartment for an assault rifle, and he pumped bullets into the car, killing the woman. He then apparently notified the police of what he did and informed them that he was acting under the “Protect Your Property” law by alleging that the woman had stolen his money. Again he was not punished for the killing.

Ever since Zimmerman shot Martin, Liberals have been braying about how awful the “Stand Your Ground” laws are and how then need desperately to be revoked. Not hardly! There is a good reason why the laws were passed in the first place, and I will discuss that shortly.

Adding spice to the stew are the comments of a couple of the jurors. A jury of six women, one of whom was not white, heard the case. Two of them have spoken up about the trial – those known a B37 and B29. B37 spoke first, and for all practical purposes, her comments have disappeared from the Internet. There is one brief 69-second video clip and that is about all there is of her. In my research, I found virtually no direct quotes from here. This sample from the Huffington Post is essentially how she is handled on the Net:

“Juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager’s fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn’t actually break the law.

“…

“In the CNN interview, Juror B37 said she did not believe Zimmerman followed Martin because of his race. She said Zimmerman made some mistakes, but that she believed Martin struck Zimmerman first and that the neighborhood watch volunteer had a right to defend himself.

“Juror B37 said the jurors were initially divided on Zimmerman’s guilt, with three jurors believing he was guilty of either manslaughter or second-degree murder, but that the jury agreed to acquit the 29-year-old Zimmerman after more closely reviewing the law.”

In contrast, we have B29, known as Maddy, who is of Puerto Rican descent. Her comments are all over the Net. This clip from the New York Daily News will suffice:

“The only minority on the all-female jury in the Trayvon Martin case says George Zimmerman “got away with murder” when he fatally shot the black 17-year-old — the announcement “devastated” Martin’s mother.

“For myself, he’s guilty because the evidence shows he’s guilty,” the juror said.

“But the juror, a 36-year-old mother of eight who moved to Florida from Chicago five months before she was selected for the trial, says the panel had no choice but to acquit Zimmerman, based on the law and evidence.”

The key to all of this is the law. George Zimmerman acted within the constraints of the law, and because of this, acquittal was the only possible verdict.

Let’s consider the law. Why was it enacted? I believe personally that it arose out of the self-preservation instinct that God put into each of us. I have heard comments on TV nature shows that an animal which is caught in a trap will actually chew off one of its feet in order to survive. That self-preservation instinct is strong! It is also strong in us humans, and we will do whatever is necessary to protect ourselves and our property.

It is a know fact, established by piles of evidence, that non-white males have a proclivity to breaking the law, and sometimes doing so violently. Liberals love to carry on about people who are uncomfortable in the presence of non-whites, even going so far as to label such people as “racists.” Nothing could be further from the truth. People are afraid of such people because of the record of those people’s behavior. Watch any of the police shows on TruTV – “Cops,” “Bait Car,” “Most Daring ….,” etc. – and almost invariably the perpetrator of the crime is a Black male.

I have run into such behavior myself. I have had Black men eye me whenever I have pulled out my wallet to pay for something. I have worked with Black men whom I would not want to meet in a dark alley at midnight. A cousin of mine was visiting Chicago about 30 years ago. One night he was in the mood for some McDonald’s and he got on the el and went south. He got into a bad Black neighborhood, and two white cops who were eating at a McDonald’s escorted him to the el stop and got him on the right train to take him back downtown. I myself went into some bad Black Chicago neighborhoods as an encyclopedia salesman and wondered if I would walk out alive. Whether Liberals like it or not, non-white males DO have reputations that insist that one be alert in their presence.

One thing that the Liberals have never been able to explain satisfactorily are the wounds on Zimmerman’s head. They try to say that it is self-abuse, or that it is some other crazy thing, but they are located where it would have been hard – if not impossible – for Zimmerman to have inflicted those wounds on himself. Thus, one can presume that Martin did attack Zimmerman, and that Zimmerman responded by killing Martin. Such a killing would have been self-defense, and therefore within the constraints of the law.

There is one other possible reason that these laws are enacted, and it is what I would call the “Willie Horton Factor.” Here are segments from the Wikipedia article about Horton.

“Horton was born in Chesterfield, South Carolina. On October 26, 1974, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Horton and two accomplices robbed Joseph Fournier, a 17-year-old gas station attendant, and then fatally stabbed him 19 times after he had cooperated by handing over all of the money in the cash register. His body was dumped in a trash can. Fournier died from blood loss. Horton was convicted of murder, sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, and incarcerated at the NortheasternCorrectionalCenter in Massachusetts.

“On June 6, 1986, he was released as part of a weekend furlough program but did not return. On April 3, 1987, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Horton twice raped a local woman after pistol-whipping, knifing, binding, and gagging her fiancé. He then stole the car belonging to the man he had assaulted. He was later shot and captured by Corporal Yusuf Muhammad (formerly named Joseph Bell) of the Prince George’s County Police Department after a pursuit. On October 20, Horton was sentenced in Maryland to two consecutive life terms plus 85 years. The sentencing judge, Vincent J. Femia, refused to return Horton to Massachusetts, saying, “I’m not prepared to take the chance that Mr. Horton might again be furloughed or otherwise released. This man should never draw a breath of free air again.”

“On April 18, 1996, Horton was transferred to the Jessup Correctional Institution (then called the Maryland House of Correction Annex), a maximum security prison in Jessup, Maryland, where he remains.

“Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts at the time of Horton’s release, and while he did not start the furlough program, he had supported it as a method of criminal rehabilitation. The State inmate furlough program was actually signed into law by Republican Governor Francis W. Sargent in 1972. However, under Sargent, convicted first-degree murderers were not eligible for furlough. After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that this right extended to first-degree murderers, the Massachusetts legislature quickly passed a bill prohibiting furloughs for such inmates. However, in 1976, Dukakis vetoed this bill arguing it would ‘cut the heart out of efforts at inmate rehabilitation’….

[COMMENT: Now THAT is what I call being hard on crime! HAHAHAHAHA!  Thank God that Judge Femia was able to see what was going on in Massachusetts with Dukakis and Horton.]

“…

“Republicans picked up the Horton issue after Dukakis clinched the nomination. In June 1988, Republican candidate George H.W. Bush seized on the Horton case, bringing it up repeatedly in campaign speeches. Bush’s campaign manager, Lee Atwater, said “By the time we’re finished, they’re going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis’ running mate.””

In an article in the Baltimore Sun, dated November 11, 1990, Roger Simon had this to say:

“Whether you were white or black or red or yellow, Willie Horton was your worst nightmare.

“Decent people had no defense against him. That was the most terrifying thing of all. Capture him and take away his knife and sentence him and put him behind bars — we pay taxes for these things! — and what would happen?

“He would be given a weekend furlough. Ten times, Michael Dukakis opened up the prison doors in Massachusetts and said to Willie Horton: “Go and sin no more.”

”Nine times Horton followed instructions. But the tenth time, he went to Maryland and broke into a home and tied a man to a joist in the basement, slashed his chest and stomach with a knife, then beat and raped his fiancee while she screamed and screamed and screamed.”

Was Michael Dukakis really THAT obtuse? I’m afraid that the answer is a resounding “YES!!” Dukakis’s stupidity and his loyalty to and love of Willie Horton literally planted the seed for the “Stand Your Ground” laws.

And here essentially was the water that allowed that seed to sprout and grow. This is from the Wikipedia article about Michael Dukakis:

“The issue of capital punishment came up in the October 13, 1988, debate between the two presidential nominees. Because she knew the Willie Horton issue would be brought up, Dukakis’s campaign manager, Susan Estrich, had prepared with Michael Dukakis an answer highlighting the candidate’s empathy for victims of crime, noting the beating of his father in a robbery and the death of his brother in a hit-and-run car accident. However, when Bernard Shaw, the moderator of the debate, asked Dukakis, “Governor, if Kitty Dukakis [his wife] were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Dukakis replied, “No, I don’t, and I think you know that I’ve opposed the death penalty during all of my life”, and explained his stance. After the debate, many observers felt Dukakis’s answer lacked the passion one would expect of a person discussing a loved one’s rape and death. Many– including Dukakis himself– believe this, in part, cost him the election, as his poll numbers dropped from 49% to 42% nationally that night. Other commentators thought the question itself was unfair, in that it injected an irrelevant emotional element into the discussion of a policy issue and forced the candidate to make a difficult choice, while others believed that Dukakis dwelled too much on post-mortem reflections about this incident while the election was still in play in a way that was too self-effacing to the point of appearing self-pitying and defeatist, which only served to demoralize his campaign and reinforce the image of him as a weak leader.”

Since this will to live, or survival instinct, is so strong within a normal, rational person, Dukakis lost that election, losing to George H. W. Bush 426-111 in the electoral college. Dukakis’s siccing Willie Horton on American society just did not work for him.

If nothing else, Willie Horton reminds each of us that that instinct to survive is innate within each of us. And as the years have passed, that instinct has manifested itself in laws like the “Stand Your Ground” law. THAT INSTINCT was what drove George Zimmerman, NOT an innate racism. And the sooner that the liberal community realizes that and accepts it, the better off they will be. After all, the Willie Horton albatross is around their necks, NOT around the necks of the conservatives.

Everyone have a great day.

Bill

 

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August 4, 2013 - Posted by | Miscellaneous, Politics | , , , , ,

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