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July 10, 2013


"Frankly, I don't believe Zimmerman's story..."

Yes -- haven't watched day in, day out, but I read an online Esquire.com essay and have seen some analysis on the Lawrence O'Donnell show. Both make the case that Zimmerman's lying...and from what I've read today, it seems as if he'll get away with it.

My guess -- and it's only a guess, of course -- is that Zimmerman initiated the confrontation. Maybe he didn't intend to shoot Trayvon Martin, but having a lethal weapon handy made it easier to adopt a confrontational attitude.

I did listen to the 911 call with the shouting, but I can't tell who's voice it is.

And I think Martin might well have been on top of Zimmerman when the latter shot, based on the crime photo showing Marting lying face down. But to me, that doesn't justify the shooting him, nor does it suggest it was Zimmerman shouting. For all I know, he could have already had the gun out, which would have put Martin in a terrible fix: flee and maybe get shot in the back, or get shot in the chest...it might well spur you to shout for help even if you are on top of someone...

One thing I hope this does clear up: an armed society sure as hell isn't a polite society.

If Zimmerman doesn't have the gun, does he continue following Martin to the point of provoking a confrontation? If the answer is no, and Zimmerman's found not guilty, there's nothing stopping anyone with a gun from provoking a confrontation where they can shoot someone.

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