I will not touch on who I think is right or wrong. I wear hoodies all the time. I also carry concealed all the time. We have a justice system, and I trust it to sort out what happened and who should be held accountable.
I won’t touch on the racism portion of this either. Either Zimmerman was in the right, and defended himself, or he was in the wrong, and murdered an innocent young man. Does it matter if he did or did not hate the individual due to his race? Does it make Martin any less dead? Was it wrong to kill him, if it was self defense, because Martin was black? I fail to see how a “hate crime” is any different than any other crime. I fail to see race as an issue here. Two people interacted, with serious consequences. What if Martin hated Zimmerman because of HIS race? Then it would be a hate crime the other way, right?
Yeah, I know, I went into race. The point I was after from the beginning is this. I am baffled by how few people realize that we have a right, and some would say obligation, to carry concealed firearms. facebook friends of mine, some of whom are actual friends of mine, have responded to this situation with comments on how they are shocked Zimmerman was even allowed to carry a handgun. Do they not realize that a decent portion of the population walks past them, shops next to them, works with them, all while carrying guns around “like a bunch of wild west cowboys”? I’m not letting them know, because I would just assume none of them know I have iron on my hip whenever I leave me property, and most of the time I am on my property. Can you imagine how they would react if they found out I was a gun toting “right wing nut job”?