Front Sight’s Monday Blog: Zimmerman versus Martin
April 16th, 2012
I have received hundreds of requests to address the Zimmerman versus Martin incident and express an opinion.
I have declined to do so to this point.
Jumping to conclusions or expressing unsupported opinions prior to having direct access to the evidence, police reports and witness statements can result in significant public embarrassment when the FACTS of the case are finally presented.
I suspect the politicians and celebrities who are wearing hoodies in support of Martin and calling for Zimmerman’s head on a platter will better understand the importance of discretion in these matters when all the facts are made public.
However, I do have a video to show you regarding the incident that was probably not well received by the media, and thus not widely distributed.
I think the man in the video does a very good job of expressing himself.
What you should consider in looking at the Zimmerman versus Martin incident as described in this video, is whether you would have acted in the same manner under the same circumstances?
If so, and if the 12 people who eventually will be selected to hear and see all the facts of the case, would have also done the same thing, then Zimmerman will be found to have acted in a reasonable manner.
As we explain in our classroom lectures Problems 2 and 3, Criminal and Civil Liability Following a Shooting, even when justified, there is a very high price to be paid any time you shoot another human being.
The Zimmerman versus Martin incident is a very good example, although grossly amplified by the media and people who should know better, of what can happen to YOU should you ever press the trigger in defense of your life.
Still, solving Problem 1 (saving your own life or the lives of others around you) only to face Problems 2 and 3 is still FAR BETTER than failing to solve Problem 1.
Keep that in mind as you make your decisions as to whether Zimmerman acted in a reasonable manner to defend himself from serious bodily injury or death.
Also keep in mind that this incident confirms why we say you should only shoot if you have NO OTHER CHOICE but to shoot to save your life or the lives of those around you.
Here is the video…
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