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.
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
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
Who was wrong? Both of them.