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    percent of all homicides against women are committed by their romantic partner, but the issue in this case is related to racial profiling and shoot first gun laws.

    •  your sons are women? (0+ / 0-)

      That clearly complicates any advice you might give them . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 01:41:36 PM PDT

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        that your statement while having some factual basis is not related to the issue of racial profiling and shoot first. It's not relevant to what happened to Trayvon Martin in fact it deflects from the subject at hand.

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          is about what advice to give sons to avoid getting shot . . . and given where the actual risk of that is there is very little in the Zimmerman case that has any practical bearing on it.  The "racial profiling" charge applies only obliquely to "suspicious behavior" and didn't, by itself, lead to anything but a call to the police, and "shoot first" doesn't apply at all, as that is clearly not what Zimmerman did.

          About the only advice that I can read from the Zimmerman case is that communication is less likely to be fatal than confrontation, and that getting into a fist fight substantially increases your chances of getting killed.  Or of killing someone.  During the period of my life when I found it necessary to carry the possession of a gun made me more aversive to confrontation rather than less . . . the gun made me a rabbit, not a fox.  Having to draw it was not on my "oh boy, what fun" list . . . and I went to great extreme to avoid it.

          Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

          by Deward Hastings on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 03:18:04 PM PDT

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            read about white privilege and seek understanding and compassion. An unarmed teenager barely a man who was going about his business, was stalked and when he tried to defend himself from the creepy white guy that was following him was shot and murdered. It was the adults job to manage the situation not the kid's.  The murderer didn't see a lanky African American  teenager he saw a big, black bad guy.  

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