Newest piece at National Review: It’s Not About Stand Your Ground: we should reserve judgment, but it seems that Zimmerman acted lawfully

My newest piece at National Review starts this way:
President Obama, Jesse Jackson, and others have chosen to personalize the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., highlighting the racial issues by expressing concern for people who look like they do or live where “blacks are under attack.” Many conservatives and liberals have also already concluded that the shooter committed a crime. All of these reactions are premature.
In response to the shooting, Florida governor Rick Scott has set up a commission to review the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Gun-control organizations, including the Brady Campaign, have gone beyond this and even more drastically called for the end of right-to-carry laws.
But such outrage should be restrained until we have all of the facts. Zimmerman’s call to the police, which has been heard over and over again, does not appear to tell the whole story. There is other information that appears to back up the shooter’s account. That evidence, rather than racism, might well be the reason that police chose not to arrest the shooter. . . . .

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Blogger Phil a said...

Professor Lott,

How responsible is the media in creating this circus. It seems that they were too quick to broadcast too many details too quickly allowing people to make snap judgements. Also, is it true that Zimmerman had a previous felony charge for domestic battery. Wouldn't this have precluded him from carrying.

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3/28/2012 11:49 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

If this case was a "slam dunk", I'm sure we would not be discussing this.

I have heard the 911 call, and Mr. Zimmerman was told "OK. We don’t need you to do that."

Has it ever occured to anyone that this does tie in perfectly with Zimmerman's claim that he went back to his vehicle? Not to mention that Zimmerman told 911 he would meet the police at his vehicle, and then changed that to meet at the mailboxes. Kinda hard to do two things at once...

My question is this: Where was Trayvon found? That would clear up all sorts if issues.

3/30/2012 1:37 PM  

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