Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quotation for Today: The Insanity of America Writ Large

As if we needed another example of the insanity of contemporary America, we have one in the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin; yes, 17-year old Trayvon was stalked and murdered by George Zimmerman

The quotation for today illuminates the insane and cowardly Stand Your Ground law of Florida that permitted this murder, and other murders in Florida. 

“It’s almost insane what we are having to deal with.” 
Willie Meggs

Willie Meggs is the state attorney in Tallahassee. Meggs made his statement out of frustration with the Stand Your Ground law of Florida.

According to The New York Times editorial -- from which the quotation was excerpted -- 'self-defense [as sanctioned by the Stand Your Ground law] is being invoked in everything from gang shootings to backyard disputes between neighbors, with prosecutors left to disprove the shooters’ claims.'

Although it is unfortunate that Florida's legislators and governor can't be tried for aiding and abetting in the murder of Trayvon Martin, concerned Americans could and should boycott Florida for enabling this murder by enacting laws like Stand Your Ground.

You, as a tourist visiting Florida, could be the next victim of the Stand Your Ground insanity; insanity sanctioned by Florida's legislature and governor.

"Shot to Death in Florida." Editorial. The New York Times 21 March, 2012: online edition.

Related article:

"State Attorney Sends Trayvon Martin Case To Grand Jury." Brevard Times 21 March, 2012: online edition.

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