Below is an email i received form Change.org about a series of Trayvon martin themed gun targets that are now in production and are apparetnly seeling out in droves around southern areas of the United States.
“In the past couple of days, news sources have reported that the Hiller Armament Company of Virginia has been selling gun targets that look like Trayvon Martin, complete with a hoodie, Skittles, and iced tea.
It’s not just vile, it’s possibly illegal: Virginia law says that no one can profit off of the likeness of any person without his consent — even if that person has been killed. But as soon as reporters started asking questions, the Hiller Armament Company shut down its website and disconnected its phone.
Tahir Duckett lives in Virginia, and he wants Virginia’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, to investigate the Hiller Armament Company and punish them if they have broken the law.”
A an American who believes in freedom and the right to bare arms I am honestly disgusted by this target and the lack of respect that it shows on behalf of the not only the manufacturer but on the people who utilize these targets. Regardless of how you feel about the case a 17 year old boy is dead so to make a shooting target in his likeness is beyond reprehensible and disgusting and there are no words in the English language strong enough to express how much I loathe this target and this concept. Below is a link to the change.org petition if you would like to sign it and join the cause.
Below is an article taken from Fox 2 Detroit news.com about George Zimmerman being brought up on the charge of 2nd Degree Murder
“Zimmerman Defense to Invoke ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law
Updated: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012, 9:30 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012, 2:47 PM EDT
BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT,Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch captain who shot the unarmed black teenager.
George Zimmerman, 28, was jailed in Sanford — the site of the shooting Feb. 26 that set off a nationwide debate over racial profiling and self-defense — on charges that could put him in prison for life.
In announcing the arrest, prosecutor Angela Corey would not discuss how she reconciled the conflicting accounts of what happened or explain how she arrived at the charges, saying too much information had been made public already. But she made it clear she was not influenced by the uproar over the past six weeks.
“We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. We prosecute based on the facts on any given case as well as the laws of the state of Florida,” Corey said.
Martin’s parents, who were in Washington when the announcement came, expressed relief over the decision to prosecute the killer of their 17-year-old son.
“The question I would really like to ask him is, if he could look into Trayvon’s eyes and see how innocent he was, would he have then pulled the trigger? Or would he have just let him go on home?” said his father, Tracy Martin.
Many legal experts had expected the prosecutor to opt for the lesser charge of manslaughter, which usually carries 15 years behind bars and covers reckless or negligent killings, rather than second-degree murder, which involves a killing that results from a “depraved” disregard for human life.
The most severe homicide charge, first-degree murder, is subject to the death penalty in Florida and requires premeditation — something that all sides agreed was not present in this case.
“I predicted manslaughter, so I’m a little surprised,” said Michael Seigel, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at the University of Florida. “But she has more facts that I do.”
Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, said Zimmerman will plead not guilty and will invoke Florida’s powerful “stand your ground” law, which gives people wide leeway to use deadly force without having to retreat in the face of danger.
The lawyer asked that people not jump to conclusions about his client’s guilt and said he is “hoping that the community will calm down” now that charges have been filed.
“I’m expecting a lot of work and hopefully justice in the end,” O’Mara said.
Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother Hispanic, turned himself in earlier in the day and will make a court appearance as early as Thursday, when his lawyer plans to ask for bail.
Corey’s decision followed an extraordinary 45-day campaign by Martin’s parents to have Zimmerman arrested despite his claim that he shot in self-defense. They were joined by civil rights activists such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, as well as many politicians and supporters in Sanford and cities across the nation.
Protesters wore hooded sweatshirts like the one Martin had on. And the debate reached all the way to the White House, where President Barack Obama observed last month: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
The confrontation took place in a gated community where Martin was staying with his father and his father’s fiancée. Martin was walking back in the rain from a convenience store when Zimmerman spotted him and called 911. He followed Martin despite being told not to by a police dispatcher, and the two got into a struggle.
Zimmerman told police Martin punched him in the nose, knocking him down, and then began banging Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in fear for his life.
A judge could dismiss the charge based on “stand your ground,” legal experts said. But not if prosecutors can show Zimmerman was to blame.
“If you’re the aggressor, you’re not protected by this law,” said Carey Haughwout, public defender in Palm Beach County.
Zimmerman’s brother Robert Zimmerman told CNN on Wednesday night: “Our brother literally had to save his life by taking a life. And that’s a situation nobody wants to be in, ever.”
On Tuesday, Zimmerman’s former lawyers portrayed him as erratic and in precarious mental condition. O’Mara, who signed on after Zimmerman’s previous attorneys withdrew, said that Zimmerman seemed to be in a good state of mind but that the pressure had weighed mightily on him.
“He is troubled by everything that has happened. I cannot imagine living in George Zimmerman’s shoes for the past number of weeks. Because he has been at the focus of a lot of anger, and maybe confusion and maybe some hatred, and that has to be difficult,” the attorney said.
O’Mara also said the difficult case is compounded by the heavy media attention, which might make it hard to seat an impartial jury. Corey, similarly, complained: “So much information got released on this case that never should have been released. We have to protect this”
here is the link to article in Greater Detail: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpps/news/zimmerman-to-be-charged-by-florida-special-prosecutor-dpgonc-20120411-to_19073426
Trayvon Martin…This story just came to my attention yesterday and I had minimal information to go on so I can properly address the situation. So I found an article describing the tragic and beyond unfortunate detail and circumstances surrounding this young man’s death. Now I was not on hand at the scene so In essence I do not know exactly what happened but the article from the huffington post was unbiased and just talked about the reported facts of the case. before I explain my thoughts on this issue let me summarize the information in the article. Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old High School student who lived in Miami FL with his mother, but was visiting his father and stepmother in Sanford, A GATED Florida suburb, during the NBA All-Star Game weekend. During the half time of the game Trayvon went to a local store to get some candy for his younger brother when on his way back he was spotted walking by 26 year old “self appointed neighborhood watch captain” George Zimmerman followed alongside Trayvon in his car and called the police because he said he looked “Suspicious.” Somewhere after the phone call to the police a supposed argument ensued resulting in Zimmerman Shooting Martin, leaving the 17 YEAR OLD BOY dead. Zimmerman has yet to be arrested or brought up on any charges and still walks the streets as a free man….
SO I am confused about quite a few things in this case and quite a few details are unfortunately pointing towards a prejudicial and stereotypical view of a young black man in a gated suburban community but someone who was in a made up position of power and authority. Unfortunately in this particular case an apology won’t suffice because a young’s man life is gone, and a apology is not going to bring him back. The truly sad part is that no one will ever know what was said or done between the two to cause from Zimmerman to pull out a gun and fire on a 17 year old boy even after calling the police. I’m not trying to play the race card here…BUT there is no other cards to play according to the facts presented. Below is a link to the Huffington Post article with all of the information.