Zimmerman verdict not about race, guns

=The killing of Trayvon Martin last year sparked a nationwide debate over some large issues that really had not that much to do with this case. It was considered an example of abuse of the right to bear arms, an example of racial profiling run amok, an example of how poorly the justice system treats young blacks, etc., etc.

In the end, however, the jury had to ignore those issues and stick to the facts of the case and answer the essential question – could the state of Florida prove beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman was guilty of second degree murder in the case.

Last Saturday the six-member jury delivered its unanimous verdict -?not guilty. There was evidence to suggest that Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman, who was lying on his back on the ground, when Zimmerman shot him. There was evidence that Zimmerman had suffered injuries from being punched and from having his head bashed on the sidewalk. The evidence gave rise to a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was defending himself when he shot Martin.

The verdict doesn’t address the issue of whether Zimmerman was excessively zealous in his neighborhood watch duties, whether he should have waited in his car rather than conffront Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store with a bag of candy.

It didn’t address the issue of whether Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is too permissive, or whether Zimmerman was justified in being suspicious of Martin’s presence in his neighborhood.

People who wanted this case to answer their questions or support their causes are disappointed and angry, and are protesting, calling for the federal government to pursue hate crime charges against Zimmerman.

They should continue their debate elsewhere. This tragic case is settled. The need for justice has been served.

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