By Dana Arevalo,
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
Every time I see the picture of Trayvon Martin flashed upon the television screen I feel for his parents. I am not one to quickly judge others, however, I am against civilians carrying weapons in general. Here we have this young black gentleman in his teens, 17 to be exact, versus a grown large-statured man, whom I didn't realize was "white" until I conducted research. Leaving race out of the equation the story still doesn't seem to make much sense. Small young gentleman versus large grown man. Trayvon did not even have a weapon. Suppose you were an individual, leaving age, race, and sex nameless and you were walking home alone in the dark. If someone approaches you, you are either going to run or defend yourself. Unfortunately I do not buy Zimmerman’s account of self-defense. Suppose Zimmerman was "punched" in the face or nose, he had no right to shoot Trayvon Martin.
Issues of race, self-defense, and gun control can be debated. Possessing a gun does not give one the right to utilize the weapon unless 1) the other individual has a weapon, 2) or you are about to die at the hands of another individual. Zimmerman was not about to die. He could have simply communicated in a different manner. Civilians, ultimately, should not be allowed to carry guns, they are not professionally trained to handle confrontations that can escalate. Law enforcement should have been contacted immediately when Zimmerman noticed anything he felt or thought was suspicious. Not after the gun was fired. People should never take the law into their own hands. This makes me also question how far one goes to protect their neighborhood. Was Mr. Zimmerman acting alone, in this neighborhood watch?
Much is to be speculated. Regardless of black or white, self-defense vs. outright violence, we, the people, want justice for T. Martin. I am more than ecstatic that children are learning and supporting Trayvon Martin. One is never too young to learn about people, their struggles and how to handle violent situations. Avoidance is always the best way but not always possible.
This case sparked my curiosity and I have been conducting further research to determine whether or not there have been any deaths during any previous neighborhood watch. I have yet to find a similar case, but will definitely do a future entry if I find any evidence.