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March 26, 2012

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Let Justice for Trayvon Shine

by Andrea O'Connell

I’ve been very upset about the Trayvon Martin tragedy.  I’ve started to write about it a few times, but I end up so angry and frustrated that I have to walk away from the computer.

That poor child, all of seventeen, had not even begun to live his life!  A handsome and bright-eyed boy full of promise….. and he’s gone, in the rain.  Guilty of wearing a hoodie.  Guilty of walking while black down a Stanford Florida street teeming in ignorance.  The ignorance of the Neanderthal white man cannot be tolerated!

There was the sad and tragic case of Emmitt Till.  And now, some sixty, or so, years later, we have another tragedy born of the same white Neanderthal ignorance.

Jeb Bush and his ilk are nearly as guilty of the death of Trayvon Martin as is the Florida nutcase who pulled the trigger.  Zimmerman was made bold by the 2005 Stand Your Ground law in that says it’s okay to shoot when threatened.  But Zimmerman was NOT threatened, as we all now realize.  Zimmerman clearly murdered this young man in cold blood.  In Cold Blood.  This law is being misconstrued to call a “perceived” threat a real threat.  That’s what Zimmerman believed – he perceived he was threatened by a young man in a hoodie, in the rain.

This Florida law, so despicable, disgraceful and bold is often misunderstood with TRAGIC consequences that are too many to list here.

I remember 2005 and the arguments about this law’s passage.  I remember being outraged by it.  And I remember feeling hopeless because Jeb Bush was then Governor of Florida.  Need I say more?  (Jeb’s middle name may as well be NRA.)

If you live in Florida, as I do, you know the harm that Republicans like Jeb have done in this state.   Just as his brother did so much damage to the United States, so too did Jeb to Florida.

I wrote about a similar situation last year about the NRA drafting a Florida bill.  (That’s no typo – yes, the NRA helped write a Florida bill.)  I kid you not.

The Florida law makers make gun laws like the Wild Wild West because they believes more guns will improve the crime problem.

Below is a snippet from my blog post.  To read the full post, click Oh, That NRA Second Amendment.

….lawmakers in Tallahassee are pushing a new gun bill that is backed / written by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The purpose of the bill?  To loosen current regulations on the use of gun and ammunition ownership, and to prohibit lawmakers in Florida from fashioning stricter gun laws that would change or supersede the law.

Senator Joe Negron (R), has been working with the NRA for six months to craft this bill.  Negron said it’s entirely coincidental that this bill was filed this week while the tragedy in Tuscon was unfolding.

As if that is not bad enough, Senator Greg Evers (R), and Rep. Jason Brodeur (R) filed identical bills that would make it a felony for health care professionals (doctors or any medical provider), to inquire about whether a patient has access to firearms.

Currently in Broward County, a three day waiting period (a “cooling off” period) is in place, and has been law since 2001.  Negron’s bill would do away with the cooling off period entirely.  In addition, the law would prohibit all lawmakers from making changes to the gun laws once this bill is in effect.  All of Florida would have to abide by one state gun law, one standard as opposed to variations from county to county.

Trayvon’s blood is on the hands of the good ole boys of Florida.

How many more young black men have to be killed???  The media and the politicians might call this tragedy a “culture” issue.  I call it a hate crime.  I call it murder.

I can’t write anymore …..

Below are flowers for the Martin family, and for all of us who grieve….  I named this photo, Shine Shine Shine!  Let justice shine for Trayvon, and soon.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012. All rights reserved

 

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 26 2012

    Oh, Andrea, Where to start?

    For one, let me say, I hate guns on a personal level, but I will always fight for our 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms. I’m not so worried about my fellow citizen, but I am worried about what the Government might do, if we did not have a right to defend ourselves against their tyranny. As far as Zimmerman goes … wasn’t he some low level security guard? If so, he shouldn’t have been carrying a gun to begin with. He should be punished for his ‘mistake’ per the ruling of the court, no doubt about it. I hope this is found to be an accident, due to ignorance, rather than a racially motivated crime for all of our sakes.

    We all need to be standing together as Americans right now. This Nation is too divided as it is over race, gender, religion, political party affiliation, and on down the line. America is falling apart at the seams because we are losing sight of the big picture … our loss of our freedoms. Once we lose those, we won’t have any rights left, to fight any of the other battles that need to be fought, for whatever reason. Having said that, I offer Trevor’s family my heartfelt condolences over the loss of their child. I can not even begin to imagine the pain they are suffering, and I pray to God I will never have to.

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  2. Mar 27 2012

    Reblogged this on Loving Jazz Photo Blog.

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  3. Mar 27 2012

    This story was reported here in the UK, as well, even though I do not know the bigger picture it does seem that this man killed, and was reported, allegedly, had previous issues with the victim. Here in the Uk we cannot understand the carrying of guns.

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