The Zimmerman trial was a ridiculous farce from start to finish, but news reports finally say the farce is over and that Zimmerman has been acquitted of all charges, including manslaughter. Every clear-thinking person could see that he never should have been charged with murder of any kind. Everyone could see that the influences of the media circus, and racial political agendas were distorting and exaggerating a fairly clear cut case of self-defense. We all knew it was Zimmerman's voice on the 911 call too. Even Trayvon Martin's mother knew it, but she refused to admit it, because it would require that she accept the obvious fact that her son was the aggressor, and unfortunately ended up paying for his poor decision with his life.
But this case had an even more absurd element, which was the over-the-top, in-your-face, holier-than-thou religious histrionics of Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, "pleading the blood of Jesus" on the witness stand. She almost certainly does not recognize how self-righteous and phony she comes across, but delusional true-believers seldom are capable of seeing themselves as the rest of the world does. The facts, of course, speak for themselves. All her praying and invoking of Jesus could not convince anyone (including herself) that Trayvon was an "angel" or that Zimmerman acted any differently than anyone else would have if someone jumped you in the middle of the night.
I know that, if anyone tried to jump me in the middle of the night, like Trayvon Martin jumped George Zimmerman, and I had a gun that I would have emptied my magazine into that stupid punk before he could take a second swing. Most of you all would have done the exact same thing, regardless of your skin color. Trayvon Martin picked the wrong person to attack, thinking that this person couldn't defend himself. If course he was a teenager, and teenagers don't always make smart decisions, especially when they are rich, spoiled jocks, and pot heads with a history of such things. Trayvon is hardly the only teenager pay for his poor decision-making skills with his life. It happens to teens all the time, who think they are invincible until reality suddenly reminds them that they are not.
Of course, we all hope it wouldn't come to that. Presumably when Trayvon first jumped out and yelled "what's your problem", Zimmerman should have shouted, "I have a gun and I'll defend myself!", followed by drawing it in rapid order. That too is perfectly legal according to several retired cops that I know. It is not "brandishing" a firearm, because you are not making an illegal threat when you draw it in self-defense. It is possible, that, at that stage, pulling the gun would have prevented further escalation. But it may not have, because some teens, like Trayvon, from the sound of things, probably still would have acted in a menacing manner, and unfortunately for Trayvon, he lived in Florida, the redneck capital of "stand your ground" laws. It wasn't because of the skittles. It wasn't because of his hoodie, and it wasn't because of his skin color. It was because he believed that he could physically assault someone with impunity. Most of the time such confrontations don't lead to death, but you have to consider the worst case scenario. It's the same thing that we tell people about road rage. You never know if the other person might be crazy, or might be armed. It's just not worth it to find out. Your best bet is to get away as quickly as possible, get to a public place, and call 911 yourself. Of course, that's what an adult would do. Kids usually don't think that way. Because they think they are invincible, sometimes right up to that moment where they discover they're not.