The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:
the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.
“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”
Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.
The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.
The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.
Never mind that in the 8 years of the law we have not seen a spate of such shootings, never mind that example after example of people who are saved from being armed never becomes a national story.
And of course there is this:
Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.
Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site afrodaddy.com
In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.
Here is the graph that says it all:
People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.
I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:
That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:
The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).
Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.
You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.
The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.
Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.
I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.
I do agree with Noel here:
it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.
What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?
Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?
These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.
There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.
Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious