Letter to the editor: Martin used sidewalk as weapon
Matt Barr, Kingsport
Jul 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Peel away the layers of race, politics and prosecutorial corruption, and the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman is a self-defense case. I think it is important to note that self-defense encounters do not always take the shape of a gunfight. Despite what we typically think a self-defense scenario looks like, the aggressor may not always be wielding a traditional weapon. According to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report, 18.9 percent of homicides are committed with non-traditional weapons, 5.9 percent with hands and feet only. Advocates for Trayvon Martin seem to be emotionally focused on the flawed thought that Mr. Martin was unarmed.
I think Mr. Martin used the sidewalk as a weapon quite effectively judging by the photo of Mr. Zimmerman taken at the scene. Mr. Martin may not have been armed in a traditional sense, but I highly doubt Mr. Zimmerman could have survived repeated blows to the back of the head with concrete. Hypothetically, if Mr. Martin was armed with a traditional weapon, would this case be more cut and dried? I think so. If this were the case, I highly doubt it would have made news outside of Sanford, Fla.