Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

VERDICT: Stand up against Stand Your Ground laws

Letter by John Brank, Auburn on July 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | No Comments »
July 24, 2013 12:02 pm

I believe George Zimmerman’s confidence in Florida’s Stand Your Ground law allowed him to pursue and confront Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman knew that if an altercation ensued, he could use his gun and claim self-defense.

Laws like this will encourage wannabe cops like Zimmerman to use guns to resolve personal conflicts outside their home. Martin did nothing wrong on the night he was killed by Zimmerman except look suspicious. What was that based on? A hoodie?

As the jury acquitted Zimmerman of a murder in a court of law based on reasonable doubt that he intended to kill Trayvon Martin, there should be reasonable belief in the court of public opinion that Zimmerman profiled him because he didn’t look like the other residents in his community. On what basis did Zimmerman make that decision? Skin color.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.