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Published on Apr 18, 2012
In the old western movies, angry agitators would stir up the town folks over some perceived indignity, and the next thing you know, they'd be searching for the rope and a sturdy, low-hanging oak bough to settle the score, once and for all. Well, "frontier justice" sure does seem to be alive and well in the state of Florida. If you've been following the Trayvon Martin case, you know the intensity of the pressure that was placed upon officials in Sanford, Florida to charge community watch member George Zimmerman with murder in the death of 17-year-old, Travon Martin. Racial implications turned what normally would have been strictly a local affair into a nationally televised spectacle. The victim was black, and the alleged assailant was half Caucasian and half Hispanic, so the case quickly became a national civil rights cause, attracting the attention and intervention of high- profile, media-driven, activists. The fact that Zimmerman spent his free time on weekends tutoring minority youths in the Sanford area appears to have been overlooked in their frantic, rush to judgment. Two very different pictures of the case emerged in days following the fatal event. Family members of the victim claim Martin was simply trying to get home from the store in time to watch a basketball game...that he felt somehow threatened by Zimmerman, and was running to get away from him. However, a pair of witnesses both claim they saw Martin beating Zimmerman while he was on the ground, prior to the shooting. A clearer picture of the incident was painted by Gun Owners of America President Larry Pratt in his opinion piece, published by U.S. News & World Report. That story can be found at the Gun Owners of America website, GunOwners.org. Pratt claims...quote..."There are reports that Martin came from behind and slugged Zimmerman, dropping him to the ground. Then Martin, who was 6-foot-3, jumped on top of Zimmerman and began slamming his head into the sidewalk and pummeling his face, breaking his nose and fattening his lip. Media reports have indicated that two witnesses saw Zimmerman on his back getting pounded." End quote. Might that explain why nearly six weeks passed between the night of the shooting and the filing of Second Degree Murder charges by Florida authorities? Circumstances surrounding the delay led Pratt to ask the following question, "What is the explanation for one prosecutor not filing charges, but another charges Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder? And, this is the face of a dribbling-out of information that tends to support Zimmerman's account." Pratt has also voiced his concerns that the decision to lock up George Zimmerman could fuel the agenda of extremist, opponents to the Second Amendment. Pratt says that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already called for the removal of laws protecting self-defense. Not content to attack Constitutional rights protecting gun ownership rights, these radical leftists are now challenging your very right to life, championed in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. If you'd like to find out more about the Trayvon Martin case, and how it may impair your civil rights, visit GunOwners.org. A jury of his peers will now decide the fate of George Zimmerman. But the citizens of America must decide the future of our God-given freedoms. It's high time to stand against the mob mentality that would bury them forever on Boot Hill.