“Making it clear who he is”
By Pastor Rasheed Z Baaith
“The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit…” (Psalm 36:3)
It doesn’t come as any surprise to many folks that George Zimmerman cannot stay away from guns or from threatening people with physical harm. Just recently he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery and domestic violence against his girlfriend. As this commentary is being written, he is in jail awaiting a bond hearing.
This is the latest in a number of “brushes” with the law he has had since his acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. He cannot seem to keep away from violence or menacing people with firearms. In this particular instance he had a shotgun and an assault rifle and is alleged to have pointed one of the weapons at his girlfriend’s face.
What the acquittal made Zimmerman believe is that he is exceptional in some way and is allowed to threaten with a gun or shoot anyone who he has a confrontation with. He is under the impression somehow that his acquittal is a license to kill. And it should be clear to everyone, especially the jury that exonerated him that it will not be long before he murders someone else. When that happens some of the responsibility for the tragedy will be theirs.
But not the jury only. The members of the prosecution team bear some onus for this monster that has been created. It’s hard to believe what they offered was the best they had.
The end result of this miscarriage of justice is that these people have loosed an unstable man with a sick affection for guns and violence coupled with a Messiah complex to engage in a type of domestic terrorism. We see an escalation with each event Zimmerman is involved in. At some point he is going to pull the trigger again. When that happens, saying “I told you so” will be of little solace.
It was real easy for a lot of America to believe that Trayvon Martin deserved to die because of his color, his gender, his age and his clothes. And it was real easy for many to believe that George Zimmerman had the right to kill Trayvon Martin because of Zimmerman being a white male. It is undeniably clear that both evaluations were wrong. It was never about Zimmerman being threatened or the neighborhood or it being dark or any of the other side issues of that case. It was always about Zimmerman wanting to shoot somebody, anybody. It still is.
George Zimmerman was, at the time and place of Trayvon Martin’s murder looking to exploit a confrontation just as he was looking to do the same thing in the confrontation with his new girlfriend. And he planned to handle it the same way he had handled the one with Trayvon, with a gun.
When Zimmerman gets bail and they give him his guns back and send him on his way to his next appointment with violence, bullets and ruin, America will ask itself how all such a thing could have been avoided.
It’s a pretty easy answer. All that had to be done was to punish someone who believed it’s all right to kill defenseless children. Think about it.