why was George Zimmerman able to get either a license to carry a handgun, or more accurately, a concealed carry permit when he had been charged several times for offenses that would make him unable to qualify legally for the permit?!?! It appears he got out of a conviction on the battery charge against a law enforcement officer; ‘by entering a pretrial-diversion program, something common for first-time offenders’. He had a domestic violence charge ONE month later leveled against him and an injunction followed but there is no word in the press about the disposition of that case. Despite these two brushes with the law Zimmerman was able to get a permit to carry a handgun?! Something is wrong with that picture. Perhaps he has a good ole boy permit taken with a wink and nod. Check out the requirements one has to pass before they can legally carry a handgun in the state of Florida. It’s clear that Zimmerman was a felon after his domestic violence dispute occurring one month after his resisting arrest charge. Therefore, on the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman was a felon.
Conservatives always fall on the side of the right of citizens to legally own firearms. Surprisingly, so does this progressive, who owns several of them himself. Conservatives also say the laws we have on the books are enough and when it comes to firearm possession and crimes done with them, there’s no need for new ones and this progressive agrees with them especially regarding this case too.
So with regard to the death/murder of Martin the laws we have on the books are enough to charge Zimmerman with a capital offense, so let’s list them starting with the most severe to the least, shall we:
- capital murder-Zimmerman pursued Martin
- aggravated battery-a fight ensued which Zimmerman initiated
- aggravated assault-Zimmerman was carrying a firearm
There’s no need to charge him with a hate crime……there’s enough on his plate to put him away for the rest of his life. What is troubling is the really lackadaisical police work of the Sanford Police Department that ignored evidence which pointed to Zimmerman’s guilt and exaggerated any piece of evidence which pointed to Martin’s responsibility in his own death. There was nothing innocent about what Zimmerman did. He preyed on and murdered Martin in cold blood, but with the complicit approval of the Sanford Police Department. It’s the latter that committed a hate crime….Zimmerman is simply a cold blooded murderer.
- Half Of North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit Holders With Felony Convictions Keep Their Permit (mykeystrokes.com)
- The Man Who Shot Trayvon Martin (thedailybeast.com)
- Judge, Jury and Executioner (kenyatta2009.wordpress.com)