Typical leftist want Americans to cede their personal protection rights to law enforcement while at the same time they attack police time and time again for excessive use of force. Typical Americans know and understand that they cannot wait for police to respond to handle situations of imminent danger. Crime statistics bear this out. Take for example the Sandford area crime statistics where Zimmerman was augmenting security in his neighborhood because of this need. It starts with presence in the face of lawlessness. Travon Martin, assuming he can read at age 17 would have seen these exact signs posted throughout the neighborhood in which he was traversing the night he was killed. If so, why should he or any of us for that matter be surprised he was being followed at that time of the evening? Zimmerman did everything that this warning sign warned. He watched and then before acting he reported to the Sanford Police Department. He identified himself, the situation as "a suspicious individual" in his neighborhood and then followed. It was his decision to follow that led to the confrontation. I think most of us who were following the events post shooting have come to the conclusion that that decision was reasonable. Obviously Mr. Zimmerman did.
We average Americans do not live in Sanford so our "frame of reference" is skewed because we haven't experienced their crime yet we do know, or empathize with those who have been victims. So Zimmerman was at ground zero for his own judgment to follow. Ground zero (Sanford) crime index rating is 4. What that means is Zimmerman's neighborhood is safer than 4% of all other American cities. 4%.
How many times have we heard from the Democrat side that terrorism is a "Law Enforcement" matter. Come on, you know what I'm talking about here. How many times have we picked up a NY Times and see some liberal advocating that enemy combatants being held in Guantanamo Bay be given legal rights to our criminal courts or that the war on terror shouldn't involve the military that when we "bring these people to justice" it is done in some court room that is devoid of person in uniform with rank.
After 9/11 there was a period of time that liberals knew it wasn't fashionable to espouse this line of reasoning because a lot of innocents were slaughtered at the hands of terror. That didn't last too long before they couldn't help themselves any longer and started to yell into the echo chamber that we shouldn't profile young men of Middle Eastern heritage between the ages of 17 and 23. If we succumb to this racial inequity then we are racist. I am a white male and I will tell you that ever since 9/11 and whenever I am about to board an airplane I am scanning the people I know will be getting on this very same plane. I am looking for Middle Eastern men that fit the profile of the terrorists of 9/11. Hell that profile fits most terrorist atrocities that have been perpetrated. This is a fact. Does this make me a racist or does this actually make me prudent? There have been many instances where I go through this "profile" process in my mind and someone actually sticks out as a "potential". I do not approach this individual and make them uncomfortable racially, or do anything aggressively towards them. I watch/observe them like a hawk and make damn sure that I am aware of my surroundings, where they sit in relation to my position on the plane. I prepare myself to act if the need arises and only then. Make no mistake, I will act. I would almost certainly think that 99% of my fellow passengers are going through the same thought processes.
So, this brings me to the hypocrisy of those on the left that scream for handling everything as a "law enforcement" issue. George Zimmerman saw a suspicious looking man in his neighborhood that had experienced a spate of crime against it's homeowners and residents. The man was wearing a hoodie and fit many characteristics of a criminal and was profiled as such. Ann Coulter wrote an article that touched on this titled "TO AVOID LOOKING LIKE A CRIMINAL, DON'T COMMIT A CRIME". I am not suggesting that Travon Martin was committing a crime before beating Zimmerman senseless, I am saying he fit a certain criteria for concern before he even set foot in Zimmerman's sight. Zimmerman, after all, was the neighborhood WATCH. He was watching everything within his purview and when Travon came into it something obviously stood out. Something obvious enough for him to call the police first. This call was a result of "criminal profiling".
From the outset of this media circus the MSM themselves were guilty of "racial profiling" when they declared Zimmerman white. From that point forward the left up to and including the President himself have engaged in racial profiling. For instance, when the President made the following comment about perceived racism that blacks experience, including himself --
"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.
There are probably very few African-American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me - at least before I was a senator.
There are very few African-Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off.
That happens often.
And, you know, I - I don't want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida.
This comment by the President is by itself racist. The comment about being followed in a Department store is obviously "store security" and not fellow shoppers. I say this because he other comments bear this out because we are so afraid of unknown black shoppers that we clutch our purses, lock our doors and hold our breaths in their presence. We would never engage in an act such as following these unknown and dangerous individuals regardless of our own racism. We are simply too fearful. We can assume, because Obama has already on separate occasions identified with Travon (as being the son he never had and that he (Obama) himself could have been Martin 35 years ago), his own behavior mirrored that of Martin. That particular time in Obama's own life (high school age) we know that
Please excuse the youtube link as radical, but the words spoken on this video are with Obama's own voice that came from his audio version of "Dreams of my Father" book.
It is safe to say that a drug hazed man such as Obama would have certainly been profiled by Department Store security and perhaps followed closely. But, as with Zimmerman, Department Store personnel profile based on known criminal behavior and not by the color of his skin.
We now know that Travon was not the person that the liberal press, the White House, the race baiters and the prosecutor painted as. We know that the Miami School system failed him and continues to fail their students when they covered up the crimes committed by Martin on School grounds in order to paint another false narrative that crime on campus was reduced by 60%. The result of the crimes committed by Travon and covered up by the school police could have resulted in a much different outcome had Martin been processed through the criminal justice system and not walking the streets that night. We also know that the cherub faced boy we were shown was into fighting, drugs and lawlessness. Obama again changed the narrative when he asked we, as a nation, reconsider the "stand your ground laws" in the various states that have them on the books. We know that Zimmerman did not invoke Florida's stand your ground laws as a defense but that of "self defense". Again, Obama changes the narrative to "not allow a crisis to go to waste". Obama went as far to say the following -- "And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?"
This is again a reference of African American perception Obama eludes to by shamelessly painting an analogy to draw a different conclusion to that of reality. The link above ("stand your ground") dissects this in detail by comparing the actual language of the Florida law Obama referenced as dangerous. I say shameless because Obama himself is a Harvard Educated lawyer and should be able to read and interpret the law. Instead, Obama misrepresents it to fulfill his agenda of disarming the American public. The article shows, for instance --
"And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?"
Florida Criminal Code:
"A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
I think we can safely conclude that if Trayvon would have been armed with a handgun Zimmerman would have met with a different fate. In conclusion, the bully pulpit that this President employs to get his message across to us is exactly that a BULLY pulpit.