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  •  Strawman as usual! (0+ / 0-)

    Asking why the NRA does something without actually ASKING the NRA is setting up a strawman argument.  Of course, you knew that... and don't care.  Y'all gotta make your point unopposed.  Just so you don't have it TOO easy, I'll step in for the NRA...

    To answer your question: maybe because it's obvious?  Yet Martin being in possession of a handgun would be illegal, since you have to be 21 to own a hangun or have a permit to carry one.

    A better (and more serious) call to action might be to hold up Martin (and Zimmerman as well) as poster boys for what can happen when CCW permit holders don't strictly adhere to their training.  As someone working towards my own certification to teach CCW classes, as well as being a permit holder myself for some 15 years now, I can say that what Zimmerman did leading up to the shooting, while not breaking the law, ran counter to his training.  We teach AVOIDANCE and DE-ESCALATION.  Again, they aren't the law, but they are WISE.  Chasing people down is NOT avoidance; initiating a fight is NOT de-escalation.  We know the result.  Martin lost his life and Zimmerman's is changed forever.

    All the rhetoric on racism, "stand your ground" and beating up on the NRA are distractions.  If there are any good life-saving lessons to be learned, it's this: Permit holders, STICK TO YOUR TRAINING!  Our admonishments are to protect YOU as much as to protect others.  Non-permit holders: don't go punching people in the nose.  It's not nice and they might be armed.

    •   "Martin lost his life and Zimmerman's is changed. (0+ / 0-)

      ...forever."
      Martin lost his live, and Zimmerman is a right-wing hero.

      Zimmerman is the new Joe-The-Plumber. I expect Zimmerman to become a regular on Fox News. He'll be a perfect guest, for example, for Palin. I won't be surprised if Zimmerman runs, and wins, a political office at the local level in some flat earth district. For Republicans, it doesn't get any better than literally killing a person of color.

      (July 17th, 1948 Southern Democrats opposed to the party's position on civil rights met in Birmingham, Ala., to endorse South Carolina Gov. Strom Thurmond for president.)

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