On Self Defense and the Cost of Victories

Like half of America and probably nearly all of the shooting world, I’m watching the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case with no small amount of interest. Whatever your take on the story, and whomever you believe is guilty or innocent of what, this much is fairly clearly true: Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman had an encounter on an unseasonably cold and rainy right, Trayvon is dead, and life for George and his family will never be the same.

That’s the honest truth, because really there are two possibilities for George Zimmerman: An acquittal and the struggle to return to daily life in a country where a substantial percentage of the population is ready to crucify him, or a guilty verdict and a prison term, followed by the struggle to return to…well, you get the idea.

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