If he had followed the Neighborhood Watch SOP, Zimmerman would never had been in trouble. Too many people believe that when they strap on a gun, they no longer have to follow the law. The Second Amendment made them immune from the law, they are the law! I EDC with a TN HCP and I am now many more times aware of the responsibility of not creating a situation that can escalate into the use of my weapon. Somebody else is going to have to intitiate action and the weapon is going to be a last resort when I no longer can extricate myself from the problem without bodily injury or death to myself. Being armed does not mean I get to play GOD, it means I am the one that must use his head! Being armed is not a video game, it means I hold the power of life and death in my hands. I fully expect that I will have to answer for my actions if anybody can show that I did not have to use that power.The gun and holster are secondary to the primary weapon system, the guidance system, the brain. I don't care what Martin was or had done in the past. He was unarmed and moving away (at least initially) and was no threat in the beginning. This was not self defense. I am a retired Marine (thirty years AD), a former LEO and a gun carrier for several decades, but Mr. Zimmerman can be greatful that I will not be on his jury. I do not countenance stupidity or arrogance when carrying a gun.
Retired Marine, Retired School Teacher,Independent Voter, Goldwater Conservative.