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No Zimmerman, no problem, by Richard Amrhine.
George Zimmerman leaves with his family after the 'not guilty' verdict was read in a Florida court recently.
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FROM WHAT I can tell, the jury, based on Florida law and the case it was presented, decided it was OK for a guy with a gun to patrol his neighborhood, assume some kid is up to no good because he's walking down the street at night, end up in a fight with the kid, and shoot him dead.
But there's a whole lot more to it than that, of course.
The acquitted gunman
The young man in the wrong place at the wrong time--which in this case happens to be a black kid
Let's consider all the ways this episode might have been prevented so the world would never have known the names George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
Here's one: George Zimmerman isn't a hateful zealot with a gun.
Actually, that's the only one I can think of. And even after all of this, that hasn't changed. Because within hours of his acquittal, Zimmerman got his gun back. That's like giving the governor a Rolex: It might satiate a lust, but it only spells trouble. Be sure to find out where George Zimmerman is before you take a walk at night.
We are left with two things to figure out: How Zimmerman walks away from the criminal case a free man, and what needs to be done to ensure justice is done in the future.
Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.