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July 15, 2013

Vol. 7   No. 20

Who was Wrong?

Without further comment on a judicial system that has become corrupted by politics and bigotry, I would like to offer the following comments on Martin and Zimmerman.

Both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman violated one of the most basic rules of self preservation, "Stay out of the damned fight."

I believe that one of the keys to winning is having more options than your opponent.  I also believe that it is not enough just to have options.  A person needs to know how and when to use the options at his disposal, and he needs to have enough good sense to actually take advantage of them.

Before the first punch was thrown, on February 26, 2012, both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman had a multitude of options available to them.  Neither had broken any laws, and either could have just gone home.  But, over the course of a few short minutes they both managed to squander almost all of their available options.  As a result, one of them died.

In my opinion, which one of them died is of far less consequence, than is why he died.

The instant the first punch was thrown, the number of remaining options could probably have been counted on the fingers of one hand.

Also, once the first punch had been thrown, the one sustaining the blow could reasonably have perceived that he was in immediate and imminent danger of the loss of his life or of sustaining serious bodily injury.

This is an important point since there was much made over whether or not injuries were life threatening.  Remember, you can be justified in using deadly force to protect yourself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force.   To be justified in the use of deadly force, it is not necessary that you have already sustained serious bodily injury.

Even at that stage of the fight, there were still a few options left.

Having more options available to him, the one in control could have disengaged and abandoned the fight.  For whatever reason, he did not choose that option.

The other had fewer options.  He could have offered no resistance, and just accepted that he was destined to die on February 26, 2012.  Or, he could have defended himself by any means possible, including deadly force.  As any reasonable person would have done, he chose the latter.

One paid with his life.  The other is still paying.

Who was wrong?  Both of them.


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