Trayvon Martin Tragedy – Could It Have Been Prevented?
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IMO--YES!!! YES, This Murder Could Have Been Prevented. YES, This Murder Should Have Been Prevented. YES, More Vigilante Murders Can Be Prevented By the Repeal AND The Rejection of these 'Stand Your Ground' Laws, which makes believe that a person who is CLEARLY taking the OFFENSE IS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE. THESE 'STAND YOUR GROUND' LAWS ARE--IMO--PURE EVIL, BECAUSE THEY GIVE PEOPLE THE 'RIGHT' TO MURDER--THE 'RIGHT' TO PLAY--JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER. THIS IS WHY 'STAND YOUR GROUND' LAWS NEED TO BE REPEALED OR REJECTED!!!
Written by Rita Smith
As the country continues to discuss, explore, grieve and rant about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, one important outcome should be that we fully review all the details of the events, both on that terrible evening and past incidents that may have lead to it.
What is clear is that a young man is dead, and another one is now faced with possible charges of manslaughter or murder. As investigations finally begin, any forensic evidence that is available and what the few witnesses can add will continue to flesh out the details of what transpired that night. Most tragically, one critical voice in this event is forever silenced, and for that reason we must use every tool at our disposable to examine the events.
Any information about George Zimmerman’s choice to use violence in the past is critical to our understanding of his act that night in February and of how we can reduce violence in our communities. The use of violence, particularly lethal violence, is seldom a random and isolated act. When the past of alleged perpetrators of this level of violence is exposed, other less deadly acts of violence usually begin to emerge. If we are to truly reduce violence in our communities, it is imperative that we respond to those early signs of violent acts, especially when those acts are directed at another person. The response must include significant consequences to hold the perpetrator accountable. If we do actually punish violence against persons with consequences that have meaning to the perpetrator, it may very well reduce the future use of violence by most of those criminals. . . . .
“Pro-Life” Gov Prefers Dead Babies Over Health Care For Illegal Immigrants
When Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed the country’s first 20 week abortion ban back in 2010, he was eager to prove his stripes as a “pro-life” legislator.
That same session, he also vetoed Medicaid funds that would provide prenatal care for undocumented pregnant women, saying he couldn’t support any taxpayer dollars going to illegal immigrants, despite the fact that their children would in fact be citizens of the country.
When the unicameral legislature originally enacted the ban, they soon tried to find other ways to fund prenatal care for undocumented women rather than through taxpayer funds after learning how dire the consequences could be for the babies if a woman didn’t have access to health care. They were told about a “4 percent death rate during the first year of life for those babies whose mothers had no prenatal care at all. The high death rate has many factors, including that mothers who don’t get prenatal care may be less likely to take their children to doctors after birth. But prenatal care does play a role,” too, the health expert informed them. . . . .
It is days like this that I do miss the Mixxingbowl--who knows if enough people miss it--it very well might come back--at least that is my hope, since I don't do as well on ChimeIn as I did on the Mixxingbowl, itself.