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Bagging black bucks in the Gunshine State
by Andrew Barbano
Jul 17, 2013 | 2390 views | 5 5 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend | print
George Zimmerman often went out hunting and finally bagged himself a young black buck. Had there been no public outcry, he could have done like more than 500 fellow killers in the 22 states with "Stand Your Ground" laws: Just say he felt threatened, then walked away to wash off the blood.

And maybe look for a good taxidermist to mount the trophy.

Zimmerman pales in comparison to an angry white guy named Michael David Dunn.

Nine months after Trayvon Martin was murdered, Dunn pulled up to a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store.

A Dodge Durango with four black teens occupied the adjoining parking place, loud music playing.

"I hate that thug music," Dunn told his girlfriend.

Dunn ordered the teens to turn it down. The driver did. Jordan Davis, a passenger in the back seat, turned it back up. An argument escalated.

"You're not gonna talk to me like that," Dunn shouted and pulled a gun.

The Durango driver yelled "duck" and sped a short distance under a hail of bullets, nine of which hit the vehicle, three of which hit and killed Jordan Davis.

Dunn left the scene but bystanders got his license number.

"No!" Ron Davis sobbed when informed. "My son's dead because his music was too loud?"

Ron Davis told writer Paul Solotaroff that when Dunn was arrested, he said "They defied my orders. What was I supposed to do if they wouldn't listen?"

Dunn is currently being held without bail and may well become the next George Zimmerman. Everywhere but Ohio, prosecutors must be able to prove a defendant was not acting in self defense.

The accused need only assert that he/she felt threatened.

Looks like a bull market for mind readers.

"I don't have to prove the threat, just that Mike Dunn believed it," Dunn's lawyer says.

The Zimmerman jury was instructed to follow Gunshine State law.

"Stand Your Ground" is the latest in a long line of masterful National Rifle Association handgun marketing ploys.

"In the eight years since the passage of Stand Your Ground, self-defense killings have more than tripled in Florida, and prosecutors sometimes have little choice but to accept the shooter's story: The only other witness is in the morgue," Solotaroff wrote.

"It's been a godsend for violent ex-cons who're adept at gaming the system."

  Homicides are up in all the SYG states and down almost everywhere else. The law has provided drug gangs with get-out-of-jail-free cards.

An SYG bill was proposed in Nevada's 2011 legislative session.

What do you get when you cross SYG with well-funded defense teams adept at jury selection? An entire generation of well-armed OJ's like George Zimmerman.

Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of and first vice-president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Paul Solotaroff's article (Rolling Stone, 25 April 2013) about the Jacksonville case will be linked to the expanded edition of this column at Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988. E-mail
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July 19, 2013
Straw man.....really?

I'll try not to turn this into an attack on right wing paranoia. The "black helicopter" people who use the 2nd amendment as the only part of the Constitution that matters. They cling to their weapons as some kind of protection against the "tyranny" of the government.

Well you seem to forget a couple of things. First our government is not some kind of foreign entity. It is us. We the people. You know, a democratically elected representative government. This is what our founding fathers fought, and died for.

The problem right wingers have is that because of demographic shifts, the face of "we the people" is changing. That seems to scare the hell out them. The more fear, the more guns.

Second, if the government is some kind of malevolent entity, as you seem to imply, do you think your stockpile of weapons is a match for a well trained armed forces, weapon systems, and intelligence apparatus? Good luck!

I do know this, if Trayvon Martin, who was being stalked by George Zimmerman, and felt a legitimate fear for his life, would not have gotten off as easily if the outcomes were reversed. Would you be so eager to support your contention if Martin shot and killed an unarmed George Zimmerman?

I think Barbano hit the nail on the head. The stand your ground law is a call for an open season on young black men. When you couple this with the voter suppression that takes place in Florida, it appears that the Confederacy is still alive and kicking. Dixie marching backwards. Sad.
Dismas In Wonderland
July 20, 2013
Right wing paranoia? The claim that "Stand Your Ground" laws were designed specifically to target young black men, is left wing paranoia. The Florida "Stand Your Ground" law has benefitted black Floridians . . .

. . . "Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population. The majority of those claims have been successful, a success rate that exceeds that for Florida whites."

I believe that if Martin, had killed Zimmerman in similar circumstances, we as a nation would never have heard about it. It doesn't fit the left wing narrative, that America is a racist nation. It would have never been reported outside of the local Sanford Florida area.

As for guns, I personally don't own a "stockpile" of weapons. I own one pistol, that I bought several years ago for self defense. I have never used the weapon, outside of going to the firing range occasionally. It hasn't even been out of my gun safe in 2 years (I should probably get it out, and clean it, because I just read you're supposed to oil your gun at least every three months to keep it from rusting).

As for being a match for "well trained forces using superior weapons systems", we fought the Vietnamese, and lost. In Afghanistan, we are getting beaten by guerrilla forces, who use guns, and bombs they make out of stuff that is just lying around. It takes more than superior fire power to win a war, just ask the British, and King George III.

But, after saying all that, most right wingers prefer to fight it out using the ballot box. No sane person wants to go to war, ever.

I do believe that the cult of personality that has sprung up around Obama is a force for evil, not for good. Obama is fanning the flames of racial animosity, in an attempt to force America to our knees, and capitulate to the socialists. Every time I hear Obama speak I'm reminded of the term "Doublethink" from George Orwell's book '1984' because Obama is a master of "Doublethink" . . .

. . . "To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy . . .

Good luck with your leftwing paranoia NVCondor. Most white people that I know aren't racist. And the meme that only whites can be racist, is being proven to be a lie. Racists comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Dismas In Wonderland
July 18, 2013
George Zimmerman did "NOT", I repeat did "NOT" use the Florida 'Stand Your Ground' law as a defense. He used a "Self Defense" defense instead.

Whether, or not "Stand Your Ground" laws are good laws is up for debate, but you aught to get your facts straight. It seems like the gun control nuts will do anything, even lie to push their desire to overturn the 2nd Amendment right to possess guns. And, it is without a doubt a lie that George Zimmerman cite "Stand Your Ground" as a defense.

The shooter of Trayvon Martin has waived a possible path to acquittal without a jury trial. George Zimmerman and his legal team decided this week not to pursue a hearing on whether Zimmerman is immune in the shooting death of Martin due to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Such a hearing could have freed Zimmerman, but if unsuccessful, could have added additional obstacles to his defense.

USA Today quotes a Florida criminal defense attorney saying the pre-trail hearing may have been too risky if Zimmerman’s team did not fully expect to win. It would have given the prosecution opportunities to find inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s testimony before the trial even began, and would have placed the burden of proof on the defense, not the prosecution.
July 18, 2013
If you have read our Constitution, then you know the 2nd Amendment is about bearing arms in a well regulated militia. I don't think George Zimmerman qualifies as a well regulated militia.

It is hardly self defense to accost an unarmed 17 year old boy, lawfully going about his business, and then shoot the 17 year old when he feels threatened and confronts his stalker. Where was Trayvon Martin's right to "Stand his Ground"?

The bottom line is that George Zimmerman would never have gotten out of his vehicle if he wasn't carrying a handgun and wasn't willing to use it.

It saddens me that the jury in Florida couldn't see that George Zimmerman is just a gun wielding coward that provoked a confrontation that took the life of an innocent young man.
Dismas In Wonderland
July 19, 2013
NVCondor, you are using the 'Straw man Fallacy' -


Straw Man Fallacy


A straw man argument is one that misrepresents a position in order to make it appear weaker than it actually is, refutes this misrepresentation of the position, and then concludes that the real position has been refuted. This, of course, is a fallacy, because the position that has been claimed to be refuted is different to that which has actually been refuted; the real target of the argument is untouched by it.


My point was: >Using the Zimmerman trial as a reason to overturn 'Stand Your Ground' laws doesn't make sense because, Zimmerman didn't use the 'Florida Stand Your Ground' law as a defense<. So the DOJ's Holder is a con man when he cites stand your ground laws as the reason Zimmerman was found 'not guilty'.

You haven't refuted my claim. But as for the 'Well Regulated Militia' part of the 2nd Amendment, the people need to have guns so that in case we need to form a 'well regulated militia' in order to combat tyranny, like we the tyranny we see exercised by the Obama administration, we will be able to form said militia. If the people's right to own guns is infringed upon, then when the time comes to form a militia, the people will be unable to, because they have been disarmed. - As Noah Webster put it in a pamphlet urging ratification of the Constitution, "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe." George Mason remarked to his Virginia delegates regarding the colonies' recent experience with Britain, in which the Monarch's goal had been "to disarm the people; that [that] . . . was the best and most effectual way to enslave them."

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