By John Edwards
Do we have the right to just kill someone?
Currently George Zimmerman is on trial for killing 17-year-old Travon Martin in February, 2012. Zimmerman says he did it all in self-defense. Zimmerman says that Martin looked suspicious walking through the neighborhood because of what he was wearing. Martin was wearing a hoodie and just purchased snacks from 7 Eleven. What was so dangerous about that? Zimmerman called 911 and the operator even went on to say back away and they would send someone to check it out. Mind you, this is all the cliff notes version of things that have been said by Zimmerman in interviews or in court over the past few weeks.
What I want to know is why if you call a 911 operator and tell them that you see someone walking down the street and they look suspicious the operator tells you to back off why would you not just do that and wait for the police? When is it OK for someone to play "Dirty Harry" and take matters into their own hands? With all the conceal and carry laws being passed, will we see more people taking the "Dirty-Harry" approach and the law into their own hands?
I have lived in some major cities in my lifetime and I have not yet felt like I needed to follow someone in my car because they looked suspicious of doing something in my neighborhood. I am a cautious person; I have been robbed before and in saying that I am not rolling the dice in confronting someone. I have too much to risk by doing so. I have a family and children. I have a daughter that I hope in my lifetime I will be able to walk down the aisle some day. I would just sit back, call the police and let them do what they are being paid to do and that is to protect us if we are in any danger.
Those are some of my thoughts, what are yours?
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