More on Stand Your Ground
I don’t mind going another round on the Stand Your Ground issue. First, a bit of Schadenfreude to the Zimmerman family. Apparently Mrs. Zimmerman is not a happy camper living in a camper for a year and one half and she wants to split from George after committing perjury. It has also been disclosed that Shellie was not home the night that George confronted Trayvon Martin. Perhaps the difficulties in his marriage affected his judgment in needlessly pursuing the guy with the hoodie. Anger? Frustration? Maybe if George paid more attention to his wife and spend that night making a life rather than taking a life George’s life would be a whole lot better- so would Trayvon’s and his family.
Which gets me to my point about the man with the gun, the Founding Fathers and the 2nd Amendment. I have a sneaking suspicion if not a conviction that since the 2nd Amendment begins with “ a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state” that the FF did not intend that people with mental problems, psychopaths, serial killers and the like would be part of a well regulated militia and be among those who should possess firearms. My problems with Mr. Zimmerman is that he didn’t seem well-regulated and was under no supervision or accountability though he was acting as an agent for the homeowner’s association neighborhood watch program coordinated with the Sanford Police Department. My problem with Stand Your Ground laws is that it gives the benefit of the doubt on justified use of lethal force to the man with the gun whose mental state is presumed to be unimpaired by anger issues and whose moral character is as true and straight as his aim.
So Mr. Hartenberger I don’t want to ban all guns and, even if I did, I am not naïve to think this can be done , at least not in my lifetime (Don’t ask). I do want more responsible gun ownership and I do want firearms and magazines that are high capacity banned from civilian possession and use. I don’t want laws that confer special privileges upon people who carry guns in the public realm which defies the concept of equality and equal protection under the law. I don’t want to have to get a gun to safely get around my neighborhood or town. I don’t want to have to worry about concealed weapons carriers with an attitude or mental problems. I don’t subscribe to the notion that guns and assault rifles are needed and only used for self defense. Maybe Adam Lanza thought he was battling little demons at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don’t think so and I don’t care. Guns are offensive weapons as much as defensive weapons – all in the hand and mind of the beholder and I am very concerned about the mindless beholder.
Maybe in our debate there is something we can agree on to reach some resolution on what would be better for society than what we have today in terms of controlling violence. That would be progress- I think.
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