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View Diary: George Zimmerman, Off The Hook (186 comments)

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    Unfortunately, there is only one person left alive from the encounter to testify.  The assailant thereby gains the upper hand in inquiries subsequent to the encounter.  

    GZ displaying an unconcealed weapon is a complication.  To me, it signifies the owner's willingness to use deadly force.  In certain cultural contexts, not necessarily shared by both persons involved (in any given encounter), it indicates more than the willingness, but the intent to use.  

    There is a degree of pretense involved here in the legally-sanctioned display and use of firearms in everyday life, and the belief that this, in all but a very few circumstances, is somehow not a pathological situation, frought with potential for misperception of intent and wrongful acts of violence.  

    Giving legal sanction to an inherently pathological encounter between an armed person and unarmed person -- especially in circumstances where the unarmed person is behaving innocently up until that moment -- is one of the great misbegotten consequences of the political climate we live in.

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