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Support ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

July 26, 2013 |

I do not think Zimmerman should have gotten close enough to Travyon Martin for hand to hand combat. I also think the appeals courts will rule a mistrial. But I am not ready to join the cult of “Child Saint Travyon.” I was not there either. But burglars like to work on a rainy night when there are less apt to be witnesses sitting in their yards. I have read a story (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120504/Trayvon-Martin-case-He-suspended-times-caught-burglary-tool.html) about him being found with stolen jewelry and “burglary tools,” what ever that means. He was 17 years old. He was not a child. In a year he would be old enough to vote and join the army (assuming he had a diploma). Of course his parents say he was not a burglar – don’t they all. I hope they are satisfied with the results of keeping him out of reform school. It is not the first time that Springfield’s “community leaders” make a hero out of a border line criminal, despite all of the truly innocent people who really have been hurt by politicians. They quickly shift from the guilt of innocence of Martin or Zimmerman to demands that the “Stand Your Ground” laws be abolished. Why do they want people to have to retreat from criminals? Why should people have to? Who is standing up for the average person who is getting picked clean by thieves and vandals? They do not care which one of them is guilty. They just want people to be defenseless against criminal attacks. We see the results every week. We do not have to take a plane ride to Florida paid for by various foundations. Robert Joseph Underwood Springfield

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