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Sunday, 11 January 2015

George Zimmerman, Acquitted of Murdering Trayvon Martin, Arrested for Aggravated Assault

00 Politics. Zimmerman again. 02.01.14


Florida police arrested George Zimmerman, acquitted in the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, on an aggravated assault charge. Zimmerman had multiple encounters with the law in the last eighteen months since his acquittal. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said that they arrested 31-year-old Zimmerman in Lake Mary FL on Friday night; now, he’s at a local gaol. His scheduled court appearance is at 09.00 EST on Saturday. No further details were forthcoming on the arrest.

Friday’s arrest isn’t the first run-in Zimmerman had with the law since his acquittal. In November 2013, Zimmerman faced charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence battery, and criminal mischief following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Two months earlier, cops detained Zimmerman after his estranged wife called police, claiming that he’d threatened her and her father with a gun and punched her father in the face. In both cases, the alleged victims declined to press charges.

In 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée also filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence, prompting him to file a reciprocal restraining order. The judge who presided over Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing called the 2005 incident “run of the mill”. In September 2014, Orlando FL Channel TV news reported that police said Zimmerman threatened to kill a driver during a road rage incident in Lake Mary, and he later showed up at the man’s workplace. The man claimed Zimmerman, who was carrying a gun, asked, “Do you know who I am?” before threatening, “I’ll fucking kill you”. The unidentified driver also opted not to press charges.

On 13 July 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter after shooting Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager, dead in the streets of Sanford FL. Zimmerman, who was in a physical scuffle with Martin at the time of the shooting, claimed he acted in self-defence. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed teen and instigated the fight that led to the shooting. The incident sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, which led to the current “Black Lives Matter” protests across the USA.

10 January 2015




Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder

George Zimmerman in police custody after gun-related incident


If Zimmerman had trouble with the law before the Martin Incident, why was he in the Neighbourhood Watch programme, and why did the Police Department involved wink at his carrying a gun (such things tend to get known rather quickly on the street)? Would Zimmerman have avoided serious slam time for these violent incidents if he’d been a black man? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…



Thursday, 6 November 2014

6 November 2014. Here’s Another Thing that the Pundits are Overlooking… Initiative 594

00 Political Cartoon. 05.12. Guns


Firstly, read this. Note the author… David Frum. You heard me right… David Frum. Yes… an anti-NRA piece written by DAVID FRUM. Note well that the rightwing punditocracy isn’t trumpeting about this… for it goes against their narrative for this election. Here is first major victory against the NRA… a political earthquake, really. Look at what happened Tuesday… the Greens emerged as a political force in New York State (and maybe the nation, as well)… Personhood failed in Colorado… the Dems handily won in PA… Al Franken beat the Koch Dollars… and the NRA received its first major setback in decades. That is, the “Republican Sweep” not only didn’t occur… it only resulted in control of the US Senate, which is bootless, as the Prez will veto all their lunacy. Congress already has an approval rating FAR below that of the Prez. His is 42 percent… theirs is 13 PERCENT. Let me repeat that… 13 PERCENT! If it goes much lower, it’ll be in single digits. The GOP has two equally distasteful options open to it. The first is to cooperate with the Prez… loons like Rubio and Cruz will scupper that. The second is to be obstructionist. Obstructionism led to the present abysmal approval ratings for the Congress… more of the same will shove their numbers truly into the shitter.

The GOP has a shitty hand to play this turn. Several spectres haunt the GOP… and oil prices are in the dumpster (their Big Oil sugar daddies won’t have the gelt to give them). Gun Control… Personhood… Anti-Fracking… if the trends continue, I wouldn’t want to be the GOP candidate in 2016. They’ll be left as the party of the Evangelical, the ignorant, and the racist… which would give them a permanent 25 percent national minority (but with control of the Southeastern USA). Will they dodge the bullet? I think not…


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gun Nutters Hold Provocative Rally in St Louis MO… Brandish Arms on Public Streets… IRRESPONSIBLE

00 Fan Jianping. Gun Control in the USA. 2008


Read this. This was too much… gun nutters marching through the public streets with loaded firearms. I’m not against registered hunters owning long arms… I’m not against rural folk keeping the weapons that they NEED for pest control and hunting… I’m not against people having licences for concealed carry. Thank God, nothing happened. Events of this sort attract the loosely wrapped ignorant… they want to flash their guns before the world. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the same as exhibitionists who’d want to walk in public with their wazoos hanging out. These people were looking for trouble… as I said, thank God, nothing happened. Restrictions on open carrying in public places makes sense… anyone who’s against them is a lawless and amoral individual who shouldn’t be let near anything sharp or dangerous. We do live in a crank world… pass the jug…


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

NY State Passes Toughest American Gun Control Law

01 gun nut cartoon


 On Tuesday, the New York State Assembly passed the nation’s strictest gun control law in a lopsided vote, making New York State the first state to enact sweeping gun reform since the Newtown CT elementary school shooting massacre last month. Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters after the New York State Senate passed the legislation Monday night, “It’s comprehensive. It’s sound. It addresses the multifaceted problem that we’re dealing with”. He unveiled the proposal earlier on Monday, after weeks of working behind the scenes to iron out the details, saying, “It protects, I believe, hunters and sportsmen. We’re not looking to demonise gun owners. Gun owners have done nothing wrong”.

The new law, known as the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, includes a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than seven rounds, a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and pistols, and a mandatory background check for all gun sales, including private sales. It provides for real-time tracking of ammunition sales and allows alerts on high volume buyers. It also requires therapists and other mental health professionals to notify state officials when they believe a patient represents a credible threat to harm themselves or others. In such cases law enforcement officers could confiscate any guns owned by the patient. Governor Cuomo noted, “People who have mental health issues shouldn’t have guns. They could hurt themselves; they could hurt other people”.

Not everyone was in favour of the increased gun control measure, or felt it would make New Yorkers any safer. State Assemblyman James Tedisco (RGlenville), who voted against the legislation argued, “In New York State last year there were 769 murders and homicides. Those committed by the guns you want to ban today, these assault weapons, these killers of people, could have been up to five. And you think you’re going to solve the problem?” The law goes into effect immediately, something Cuomo said was necessary to prevent swarms of people from rushing out to purchase large numbers of weapons before the ban went into effect. US President Barack Obama is expected to announce a national ban on assault weapons and other measures to increase gun control nationwide on Wednesday.

16 November 2013 (MSK)




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