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JedCooper

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

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  • JedCooper replied to a comment by buddhadog

    How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins? via magazine.good.is

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    buddhadog9 months ago

    Trayvon did nothing wrong and because of Zimmerman's insecurity, thought he needed to defend himself against this nutjob following him. Why couldn't George Zimmerman have identified himself as neighborhood watch so that Trayvon could have had the chance to tell him he was walking home from the store? Why didn't he let Trayvon or the 911 operator know he was armed? No chance unarmed Trayvon would want to fight an armed stalker- he would yell for help and if no one came, he'd fight for his life. Why did he chose to shoot him in the heart rather than the air, a leg or arm? Trayvon had every right to walk to and from the store from his dad's fiance's place where he was staying and did nothing wrong. How can NO value be placed on an innocent good kid's precious life of barely 17 years? Every single American should be ashamed at this unjust verdict.

    JedCooper9 months ago

    @buddhadog

    When you use a gun to defend your life you are using it to stop the threat. The best way to do this is my aiming at the center of mass. If you are intentionally firing a warning shot, or shooting someone in their limbs, you are not in a dire enough situation to warrant firing your weapon at all.

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  • JedCooper replied to a comment by micheleamatthews

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    micheleamatthews9 months ago

    I'm sorry, Jed. Please give me some more insight into your point of view. Are you saying that simply by walking through his father's neighborhood on his way home that Trayvon Martin did something wrong? B/c I watched the case and listened to all accounts of what happened and Mr. Zimmerman never denied getting out of his vehicle and following this young man. Why is it every time that someone purports that this boy who was killed caused his own death that you all seem to think that he was in someway beholden to Mr. Zimmerman (a man who he did not know and whom had no legal authority over him) or owed him an explanation for being there. The fact is he did not and even if you believe the facts as stated by Mr. Zimmerman he created the fear, the threat and the resulting situation that "put his life in danger." Why is that okay? I don't know if you have children, but should a random stranger approach your child and begin following him through your neighborhood first in his vehicle and then on foot, and then ensue a chase, would you not expect your child to be scared and in a mindset wherein he feels as though he has to fight for his life? Mr. Zimmerman killed a scared, unarmed child after hunting him down and the child is the one you assume to be at fault. Have you ever stopped to think that this kid was defending himself against someone he could only assume had malicious intent toward him. Or did you think that b/c they dress or speak a certain way that black male children don't get scared?

    JedCooper9 months ago

    @micheleamatthews

    I do not believe either Zimmerman or Martin was doing anything illegal until actual physical contact was initiated and in the moment Zimmerman used lethal force he had the right to do so. Following someone (your use of "hunting him down" his highly sensationalist") does not represent a mortal threat. I believe both of them made mistakes that night and that both individuals and society as a would have been better that night if Zimmerman did not follow Martin and/or Martin had stayed at his fathers residence.

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  • JedCooper replied to a comment by MarkNaison

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    MarkNaison9 months ago

    Hey Jed. Maybe gun owners are the insecure ones. Not the ones who use guns for hunting, but use handguns for "protection." Wonder how well you would do walking the hard streets of the Bronx without your security blanket..

    JedCooper9 months ago

    Insecure in what sense? I have no interest in walking the "hard streets of the Bronx" and if my life was at stake and I would certainly not do well with my bare hands. That is the whole point of using a gun for self defense though, it is a force equalizer. It gives the 130 pound woman walking alone at night the ability to potentially defend her life from the 250 pound man who may wish to do her harm. In any case, with middle estimates showing around 1 million defensive gun uses per year, I'm sure those people would rather be "insecure" than dead.

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    JedCooper9 months ago

    What absolute drivel. Did the writers of these articles even follow the case, and digest the evidence given? Mr. Naison, your fictitious narrative ignores the accounts given of the night and goes on to project your own insecurities and a hypocritical portrayal of gun owners. Zimmerman was a scared, insecure man because he chose to legally carry a gun for self defense but Trayvon was only a "wannabe" thug despite being the one to actually do something illegal that night.

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