Right of Self Defense 1, Obama 0
Destroying the Second Amendment and the people's right of self-defense was the real goal of the George Zimmerman prosecution. Liberals hoped to scare gun owners, regardless of the eventual verdict. Traumatizing and intimidating people from using a firearm to defend themselves were what this case was really about.
This prosecution was an attempt to overturn Florida's "stand your ground law." Florida dramatically changed the law effective October 1, 2005 by amending Florida Statute 776.013(3). Previously, one had to run away if possible when threatened.
But many believed that this put the burden of proof on the victim of aggression. Victims of crime would have to prove that they could not have escaped safely and they had no other choice but to use deadly force. Florida's legislature was persuaded that the "duty to retreat" often put the innocent party in an impossible position to prove their innocence. While deadly force should never be used unless necessary, the victims of crime sometimes faced an unwinnable challenge.
But liberals were outraged. Gun control activists hysterically called it "Florida's Shoot First Law." Opponents passed out fliers at Miami International Airport scaring tourists, hoping to blackmail Florida's powerful tourism industry and pressure the Florida legislature into a repeal.
Florida's "stand your ground law" had to be reversed or nullified. If owning a gun is useful for self-defense, then banning guns becomes more difficult. So self-defense had to be eliminated so that owning a gun would have no purpose. How else could liberals create a population dependent upon government?
Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat, argued that a young woman in danger on a college campus would be better served by police call boxes, safe zones, and whistles than carrying a gun. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs gave absurd tips to women instead of carrying a gun.
Arthur Hayhoe, Executive Director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told the news media that the law turns Florida into the Wild West: "What in the hell is our state government doing passing a law encouraging our citizens to solve disputes with guns?" he said. "This is the right-to-commit-murder law," Hayhoe continued.
So President Barack Obama in March 2012 publicly incited the Federal government and Florida government into bringing a prosecution. Obama famously announced "If I had a son he would look like Trayvon." (The more we learn about what a gangsta Trayvon really was, we wonder if maybe Obama is correct in this.)
Originally, Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee refused to arrest George Zimmerman because there was no evidence sufficient to justify it. However, the political pressure and witch hunt forced Bill Lee from office. Lee explained to CNN:
"I had one of the city commissioners come to me on two different occasions and say, 'All we want is an arrest.' And I explained to them, 'Well, you just can't do that, you have to have probable cause to arrest somebody.' And it was related to me that they just wanted an arrest, they didn't care if it got dismissed later. You don't do that."
Sanford prosecutors refused to prosecute Zimmerman. So the State of Florida appointed Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.
The Obama Administration directly funded and organized racially-charged protests demanding prosecution. Judicial Watch, a public-interest non-profit law firm, obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act Request.
U.S. Department of Justice records expose that the DoJ's Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, Florida. One Federal DoJ expense report for March 25-27, 2012, reports Federal funds spent for being "deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain."
An April 11-12, 2012, expense report documented DoJ funds spent in Sanford, Florida "to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male." A March 30 -- April 1, 2012, expense report documented taxpayer funds spent in Sanford, Florida "to provide support for protest deployment in Florida." According to the Orlando Sentinel, the DoJ played a leading role in forcing Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee to resign.
Race never had anything genuine to do with any aspect of this. George Zimmerman is a Peruvian Hispanic. His great-grandfather was Black. A photo treasured within George Zimmerman's family shows his Black great-grandfather holding Zimmernan's mother as a baby.
Zimmerman grew up in a multiracial family and neighborhood. According to a letter from his father to the news media:
Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black or white, who came and welcomed her to the community, offering any assistance he could provide. Recently, I met two black children George invited to a social event. I asked where they met George. They responded that he was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.
Racism was relevant in only one respect: Liberals often use race as a phony and dishonest tactic to try to advance other, totally-unrelated goals. Crying racism with regard to the death of Trayvon Martin was a fraudulent tactic.
The Left argues that a young Black teenager should be able to walk home from the 7-11 store with a bag of Skittles candy and "iced tea" (actually watermelon soda, a detail the media consistently overlooked). So liberals claim that Martin died because Zimmerman followed him along the public sidewalk.
In Liberal World, when a Black teenager is followed along the public sidewalk by a White "creepy a** cracker" (as Martin described Zimmerman), well then obviously the Black is expected to prove his macho gangsta "street cred." Of course any Black man is justified in breaking Zimmerman's nose and smashing his head into the ground. Liberals assumes that every macho young gangsta has a right to violently beat someone who is following them.
Text messages recovered from Trayvon Martin's cell phone reveal that Trayvon Martin was a wannabe gangsta. One friend warned Trayvon "So you just turning into a lil hoodlum." Trayvon discusses having a gun, and had photos of the gun on his cell phone.
Photos of jewelry appeared to show the fruits of robbery. A school police investigator found Trayvon with 12 pieces of jewelry and a burglary tool, including silver wedding bands, earrings with diamonds and a watch. Note that multiple wedding rings could not be a gift for a high school girlfriend. Trayvon said a friend gave the jewelry to him, but refused to identify the friend.
A friend urged Trayvon by text messaging to stop all his fighting. Trayvon messaged back that he wouldn't back down and wouldn't stop fighting. Trayvon proudly discussed one fight: "I lost da 1st round :) but won da 2nd nd 3rd," he says.
This evidence of what actually happened that night, when a "hoodlum" (as Trayvon's own friend described Trayvon) attacked Zimmerman unprovoked, was kept from the jury. The evidence was also kept from the defense attorneys. Special prosecutors now face a hearing for sanctions for withholding this evidence. The text messages were leaked by a computer consultant whistleblower, otherwise we might never know. So incredibly, this legal drama is far from over.