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Who else thinks George Zimmerman should ask for a refund from the mixed martial arts studio he studied at for a year before nearly being killed by a 17-year-old kid (with no history of violence I have heard of) who weighed 25 pounds less than Mr. Zimmerman?

But here's the thing I really want to say. The National Rifle Association and conservatives in general have stated that increasing the number of people carrying concealed firearms will make America safer. Such people say that states allowing concealed carry have shown fewer murders and crimes than states that restrict concealed carry (although all states allow it now). They also say that adding restrictions, such as requiring a background check for every transfer of a firearm, or banning the sale of new certain magazine capacities (such as 15, 20 or 30 and up) would do nothing but punish (by restricting the rights of) law-abiding, responsible gun owners, and criminals would just laugh. By the way, many of the same conservatives are now accusing black leaders of not caring about the body count in Chicago. After the Newtown, Conn., shootings, if the body count in Chicago was brought up, conservatives shouted it down.

The point is, the NRA says the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Since Mr. Zimmerman broke the rules of the neighborhood watch program by pursuing Mr. Martin and risking a confrontation, and since Mr. Martin didn't have a gun, where does Mr. Zimmerman fit into this good guy/bad guy spectrum?

ED HEATH
Garfield


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