09 July 2013

Imagine if George Zimmerman had used a knife instead of a gun

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post. From this trial, we have seen what lengths the prosecution and media have delved into an individual's life and background in order to find the smallest shred of information in which to attempt to lead jurors and the public towards some form of "guilt" by Zimmerman.

    In this era of electronic social media, any detailed investigation being done on an individual will certainly include a thorough review of that person's social interactions in their emails and habits on the internet. Browser caches, cookies, etc. leading to places like forums or pure social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) will provide sources of information that many times will be used against the person being investigated. Some flippant remark or "flame" could be easily distorted by a prosecutor or the press. One wonders if folks truly recognize how transparent their on-line lives are for the world to see in perpetuity.

    As to the primary topic, Americans are truly a culture where the firearm has gained acceptance (except by the extreme left-wing types), as a legitimate tool for self-defense. Unlike in Asia, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Southern/Slavic Europe, the use of edged tools for self-defense is still taboo in the minds of most of our fellow citizens.

    Like you, I would not like to be first "high profile" prosecution in which I needed to defend my use of such a tool where death or serious injury were involved. There just isn't sufficient "supportive" case law to rely on and I am uncertain if the defensive trial lawyers have sufficient KSAs to overcome the prosecutorial and public prejudices. Quite a challenge for any SMEs the defense would muster, as well.

    Training from "qualified" trainers, respectful of these factors, is clearly evident from your post. While it may seem cool (to the mall ninja types) to learn prison knife fighting techniques, do they really want to justify their actions for "gangsta shanking" a fellow human being based on so-called training from a convicted felon type? Think about having to use that instructor's SME testimony in one's defense. Opposing counsel in a criminal trial will have a hay day in cross-examination with such a SME. In a civil suit, with its lower standards to demonstrate, a potential plaintiff would have attorneys lining up to get a bite out of anyone so stupid to go this route for "training," especially if they were of any substantial means.

    Keep up the good work, George. So few have the gift to recognize what you preach, much less convey similar messages.