Live like George Zimmerman

By Joseph Farah

I know that’s a provocative headline – especially when all the facts on the Trayvon Martin case are not yet in.

However, as we learn more about this case, it is becoming clearer every day that George Zimmerman was not only defending himself against a vicious attack when he shot Martin, he was doing so while attempting to be a good citizen, a Good Samaritan, watching out for his family, friends and neighbors.

Since the facts of the case clearly no longer support the hysterical claims of Al Sharpton, Spike Lee and Jesse Jackson that Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin and murdered him in cold blood because he was black, there is a new fallback narrative emerging from the media. It goes like this: “Well, the police dispatcher advised Zimmerman not to follow the suspicious person and let them handle it. If he only had listened to the authorities, Martin would still be alive and Zimmerman would not be facing second-degree murder charges.”

Nonsense.

No. 1: We don’t know that Zimmerman was still following Martin. Martin may have been following Zimmerman, for all we know.

No. 2. This is what police say all the time. It’s what the Nanny State-types persuade Americans to do: “Just let the police handle it. This is our job. We’re trained to deal with these matters.”

What we have as a result of that kind of programing is the beginning of the end of a self-governing society in which neighbor watches out for neighbor and citizens take personal responsibility.

A couple of personal anecdotes:

  • I once had a crazy person trying to beat down the front door of my house in Los Angeles. At that time, I did not own a gun. (Silly me.) I called the police. They showed up 45 minutes later after the guy very nearly broke down my door. What did they do? They took a report. Now I like cops as much as the next patriotic American. But, let’s face it. That’s what cops do – take reports after the crime has been committed.
  • After I became older and wiser, I armed myself. Not too long ago, I saw a suspicious pickup truck parked in front of my property. I went out to see what was up. Naturally, I took my two best friends, Smith and Wesson, with me. What I found was an armed drunk who was apparently planning to hunt deer in and around my back yard. I explained to him that he couldn’t do that. Stray rounds can hurt innocent people in a residential area – this one no more than 200 feet from my house. But he wasn’t listening. So I called the cops, while I kept an eye on him. I finally persuaded him to leave, but not before he drove his pickup truck through one of my gates and barreled out of my quiet neighborhood at 60 mph. Of course, by the time the police came, all they could do was take a report.
  • Over the years, I’ve had to chase many suspicious people off my property or out of my gated community. I never had to shoot any of them. But I was always armed and ready to do that if they attacked me.

That appears to be what happened with George Zimmerman.

We shouldn’t be demeaning such men. We shouldn’t be booking them for second-degree murder. We shouldn’t be putting bounties on their heads. We shouldn’t be calling them racists. We shouldn’t be railroading them through the justice system.

We should be thanking them.

We should be rewarding them.

We should be honoring them.

Because this is the way men are supposed to behave in a self-governing society.

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