As my five-year-old niece Abby would say: It’s time to talk about things that are gurd and things that are bad.
Deciding to protect other people: gurd! Going out looking for a fight in lieu of that “protection”, bad. Apprehending an intruder: gurd, probably. But seeing someone as an “intruder” when he is not, and confronting him with lethal force?
Not gurd at all. Bad cop, no doughnut.
Massive shaken baby George Zimnmerman has attracted a lot of press lately. Right now, he’s drawing attention by not being present. Having dropped his (pro bono!) lawyers at about the same time he launched a website asking for “donations” to “support” his “defense”, Zimmerman’s current whereabouts are unknown.
The man who shot and killed a teenage boy is at large, armed, dangerous, and apparently paranoid. Not that you’d guess that any of this is true from some of the stories on him:
The man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is under so much stress he can’t even buy a soda at a grocery store, his former lawyers say.
George Zimmerman is losing weight, suffering from high levels of stress and unable even to perform the simple task of buying a soda at a grocery store because of the intense public scrutiny he is under, the lawyers added.
“He is largely alone. You might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case,” said Hal Uhrig, a former lawyer for Zimmerman. The protests and the profound isolation of going into hiding may have pushed him “a little bit over the edge,” said Uhrig and his colleague, Craig Sonner.
Fox News via AP, April 11, 2012
Let me be crystal clear. George Zimmerman is a murderer. He has apparently waived his right to counsel. He is as dangerous as danger gets.
I do not care if a killer is “suffering from high levels of stress”. HE SHOULD BE. As for the “emotionally crippled” part: gosh, isn’t every armed criminal an emotional cripple at some level? That’s why he has a weapon. It’s not just a gun: if you think you need it, if you intend to use it, it is also a crutch.
The protests and the profound isolation of going into hiding may have pushed him “a little bit over the edge,”
Really? You’re serious? A man chooses to go “into hiding”, and you choose to see the direct effect of that decision as something that has been done to him? When you go into hiding, “profound isolation” is the fucking point.
Don’t even get me started on the “losing weight” part. The man has quite a bit of weight to lose, and this is a bad thing now?
As I see it, children need our protection. They need it because they are still growing, they don’t have the experience to do certain things for themselves, and they are simply more easily hurt than adults. It is the adult’s job in society to take care of the child, not – never – the other way around.
George Zimmerman is not a child. Not a baby, shaken or otherwise. He is neither delicate nor in need of our protection: I understand he carries his own.
He has made every choice, from the forty-plus calls to 911 before he killed Trayvon Martin, to leaving his car with his gun in pursuit of that kid, to killing him, to going into hiding rather than facing the consequences of his crime.
Knock it off with the baby talk. Zimmerman’s time out is over.