Letters: Americans outraged over Trayvon Martin’s death – USATODAY.com

Letters: Americans outraged over Trayvon Martin’s death – USATODAY.com.

Americans are not „soul-searching“ about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as a recent USA TODAY headline stated; we are outraged („In wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, America is soul-searching“)!

„17 and unarmed“: Feriha Kaya attends a rally for Trayvon Martin on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

By Haraz N. Ghanbari, AP

„17 and unarmed“: Feriha Kaya attends a rally for Trayvon Martin on Saturday in Washington, D.C.


By Haraz N. Ghanbari, AP

„17 and unarmed“: Feriha Kaya attends a rally for Trayvon Martin on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Maybe the Sanford, Fla., police are soul-searching. Maybe George Zimmerman, God help him, is soul-searching.

Imagine that was your kid, walking home from the store, minding his own business when some puffed-up, not-in-uniform, trigger-happy guy started following him in his car and then on foot, scared him, challenged him and shot him dead. Forever.

Ed Veeser; Austin

Zimmerman overstepped authority

This is not about a black kid being shot because he resisted or was in an area where he „didn’t belong.“ This is about a citizen assuming he had the authority to enforce a law and to carry a weapon where neither authority nor training was present.

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It is truly tragic when a teenager cannot walk to a 7-Eleven, buy a snack and walk home without being shot. It is not possible to know all the facts from news media reports, but, so far, this story stinks.

Fred Stewart; Kalispell, Mont.

Keep weapons out of wrong hands

Let’s talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the egregious case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The Second Amendment allows the freedom to keep and bear arms. With rights, however, come responsibilities.

I’ve served close to 30 years in the fire and emergency service business. During that time, I’ve seen more than my share of shootings and cannot, for the life of me, remember anyone shooting someone to protect life and/or property.

I do remember a friend’s wife, an accomplished tournament handgun expert, accidentally shooting herself in the leg while investigating a bump in the night.

The fire department was awakened one night to find three young people with holes in their heads as a result of some sort of dispute. I remember eight shifts in a row that started or ended with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

While the emotional effect of this tragedy weighs heavily on us all, I hope it will stimulate reasoned discussions on how we can keep idiots from getting weapons for which the sole purpose is to shoot people for no apparent reason.

Michael P. Kane; Snellville, Ga.

Focus on sacredness of life

Your editorial „In Trayvon’s death, ugly echoes“ ends with questions to ponder. Some questions I have: If Trayvon Martin had been white and shot to death, would this have been a national or a local story? If George Zimmerman had been black and shot a white boy, would Al Sharpton have held a rally for the boy?

No doubt race played a factor in this incident, but I think the tragedy is we have made race the primary focus of this story. What I see is a young boy whose life has been taken away. An individual has been killed, never to achieve his God-given potential. My prayers go to his family.

I believe the primary focus of this tragic story should be Trayvon, a young person. That is what will give meaning to his life. Let’s make this about the sacredness of a human life.

When we shift our primary focus in such a way, we hopefully will begin to see each other as human beings.

Michael Spinella; Delaware City, Del.


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