Originally Posted by Harmonious
I don't follow your reasoning. Are you saying that Zimmerman should not have even talked to Martin, solely because he was carrying a gun? How could he have known that this would lead to a shooting? By your reasoning, anyone who has a CCW should not interact with anyone, because a violent confrontation may occur, and you may have to shoot someone. That doesn't make sense.
Living in Orlando, we get daily doses of the case. As more evidence has been released by the prosecution, a clearer picture starts to emerge. However, Zimmerman's statements to police have not been fully released yet. Time will tell how much his statements coincide with the physical evidence.
I actually just went to my neighborhood watch meeting in January. A member of the police department was there to help us out and one of the things he stressed was NOT to confront anyone that you find suspicious. They suggested you call the police, take down any important information (description, license #, etc.) and then wait.
And yes when you are carrying a gun you must be vigilant in order to not put yourself in a situation like that. You cannot get into conflicts that might escalate into physical confrontations. You can't flip that guy off that cut you off in his car, you can't just go pop off to some guy that irritates you, and you cannot walk up to a strange person in your neighborhood and ask them why they are there.
Originally Posted by Harmonious
Ask yourself this: If you were concerned enough about your neighborhood that you volunteered for Neighborhood Watch, then saw an unknown person walking alone at night in an area where burglaries had occurred recently, wouldn't you want to know what he was up to? And once you called police, knowing they may or may not respond, wouldn't you keep an eye on that unknown person?
I am on the neighborhood watch, and I do just that, I WATCH! Yes I would keep an eye on that person, that is called watching. I would not however take it upon myself to follow this person nor confront them about their activities. I am not the police.
Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond
It's dark, you have a gun, you are putting yourself into a potentially violent situation, the police are coming, the 911 operator "suggests" you not follow the guy. You're balancing death v. burglary - your death or you might kill someone - they might sneak up on you and cause ... a scuffle where someone might be killed.
And if you do not anticipate what may happen - then you should not be packing a gun. You apparently aren't sufficiently intelligent to do so if you can not anticipate what may happen.
As much as it pains me, I have to agree with Desmond on this one. One, Use of deadly force is NOT allowed to thwart a burglary only to thwart a physical attack upon a person. Second, you don't know if he's a burglar or not, you have not seen him do anything that was illegal. If you are not intelligent enough to see as a CCW holder that confronting this guy might turn really bad in a hurry you have absolutely no reason to be carrying a gun as you are more of a danger to society with it than without it, it's common sense.
One thing both gun rights and Anti gun people can agree on is we do not want stupid people out there running around with any type of weapon.