George Zimmerman’s much-publicized murder trial is already over – but the controversy over him shooting and killing Trayvon Martin still exists, with the probability that Zimmerman’s troubles, legal and otherwise, are far from over. But then, that’s to be expected when someone like Zimmerman who owns a gun shoots and kills an unarmed person like Martin who supposedly looks like a public threat but who was, in many respects, anything but.
When a lawman or a soldier shoots and kills his opposite number, it’s usually in self-defense – and especially when rational reasoning ends up becoming a moot point, even more so when innocents might end up in the crossfire, a fact not lost in the kind of life-or-death situations that’ve become an unfortunate part of modern life. But when someone like Zimmerman shoots and kills a person like Martin out of fear, irrationality, and mistrust – we should really question whether or not Zimmerman should have owned a gun in the first place, as well as the responsibility that goes with it.
And also consider the fact that Zimmerman’s action will stay with him for the rest of his life – just like Martin’s death will haunt both his family and friends forever. What we do with our lives are important – but then, how we use them will ultimately define our own legacies. We might never know the full story behind Zimmerman killing Martin any more than us uncovering the many unsolved mysteries that’ve confounded us throughout history. And maybe centuries later, the unvarnished truth will probably remain beyond our grasp – a tragedy perhaps greater than even Martin’s untimely and unexpected death, and the kind that’ll no doubt continue to haunt us all.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Booktango), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (https://sites.google.com/site/johnlav65), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Google Sites (Chameleons, Inc. website: https://sites.google.com/site/chaminc2002; Pictures Shop website: https://sites.google.com/site/picturesshop13).
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