Can someone explain to me what makes George Zimmerman some sort of cult hero for right-wingers? He's not really a champion of conceal/carry because his right to possess a weapon was never really in question. A champion of self-defense? Even if you concede ALL of Zimmerman's accounts, he was following Trayvon Martin who he suspected was engaged in criminal behavior, Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman killed him. OK, so I understand people saying, "he had the right to defend himself," but elevating him to a hero seems a bit much.
Can you think of another situation where someone acting in self-defense was essentially lionized by a political party? Nothing similar really comes to mind.
baked goods wrote:This guy made a huge mistake. Instead of moving away from the invading scum he chose to do something. His crime was caring.
Is that a "there goes the neighborhood" comment? I thought that the record clearly showed that Trayvon Martin was only armed with a bag of Skittles and a Big Gulp. And even if you accept that Trayvon Martin was "scum" based upon his assault of Zimmerman, calling Martin an "invader" seems odd. What was he invading? Wasn't he walking home? What differentiated him from other teens that might be walking around the neighborhood munching on Skittles? And what exactly was Zimmerman "caring" about? Prior to the altercation, there doesn't seem to be any evidence that Trayvon Martin was engaged in criminal activity, so even if you support Zimmerman's right to defend himself, you'd still see this as a tragic misunderstanding. Wouldn't you?
No, not in right-wing world. Zimmerman is a hero for killing Martin. And I understand the whole "gun rights" angle, but I can't for the life of me understand why Zimmerman would be praised for killing a kid who appeared to be simply walking home from the convenience store.
Maybe Larry could elaborate.