“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
“And some really stupid ones” – Jason
- February 25th, 2012 - Trayvon Martin was holding hands with his girlfriend.
- February 26th, 2012 - Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman.
- July 13th, 2013 - George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder.
- July 18, 2013 - Brad Thor offered to buy Zimmerman (who will hence forth be called “child murderer”) a gun. And all the ammo he wanted.
- July 19th, 2013 Brad Thor took to the airwaves to confirm and reaffirm his tweets from the previous day.
To quickly sum it up: child murderer saw a suspicious looking Trayvon Martin walking through a neighborhood. The child murderer then, AGAINST the advice of 911, decided to follow Trayvon. Trayvon being a free citizen wondered what the fuck was going on, fought back against his assailant when attacked. The child murderer seeing he was getting his ass beat pulled out his gun and murdered an unarmed kid. During the trial he cowardly stood behind a weak “self defense” strategy even he was the one who went after Trayvon.
Typical coward move.
Unfortunately our courts ruled that child murderer did nothing wrong. But remember… this is Florida. In the court of public opinion and in the court of common damn sense the child murderer got away with a heinous crime.
Now it looks like the Feds are looking into this case (probably for show only, sorry it’s the truth) so they have not let the child murderer have his weapon back. Brad Thor, feeling sorry for this child murderer took to Twitter and TV to show his support for the child murderer. He said he’ll get the child murderer “Whatever gun he wants + however much ammo, consider it done. I’m buying. Done deal.”
I find that absolutely deplorable. Brad’s out is that the American courts said he was “not guilty”. Technically… true. However… SO? Have our courts never made a mistake? Have our courts never set a guilty man free? Have our courts never put an innocent man to death? How many DNA cases must be over turned before Brad realizes that our courts are not perfect?! History is fraught with guilty people walking around innocent because of slick lawyers and stupid jurors. No so more than this case.
Just because the courts said “not guilty” does not mean, by any stretch of the imagination, that their decisions are absolute and without flaw. Why a respected author would be so vocal that he would buy child murderer a gun and ammo after said murderer was just on trial for killing someone is beyond stupid. It’s extreme bad taste at best and deplorably reckless at worst. Zimmerman needs another gun like Malcolm X needs a train ticket.
Freedom of Speech is one thing. Freedom of having common sense is another. I don’t mind having meaning debates about Obama, taxes, NSA, drones, China, the environment, menial stuff like that. But the case about Trayvon isn’t political. It’s human. If you (Brad) can honestly say that you are SO confident in the child murderer that you are willing to give him a gun and ammo… then you should move him into YOUR neighborhood and let HIM function as YOUR watch captain. My money’s on he stays where he’s at.
The child murderer had a “fair” trial and the courts said he didn’t do it. But that damn sure doesn’t mean that he’s innocent. That only means that his lawyer did a good enough job throwing up enough smoke to a panel of twelve who were happily fooled into believing whatever they were told.
I don’t know why Brad felt that he needed to say this but he did. Freedom of speech? That’s probably a good guess. But just as he’s free to say what he wants, I’m free to say that he’s an idiot for doing so. This decision is in such poor taste that I almost didn’t believe it when I saw it. I had to check a few more sources before I saw that it wasn’t an Onion prank. As a book lover I fully understand that I’m not going to agree 100% with the folks I read. As long as they can tell a great story then I’m going to read their work. But this is something way beyond not agreeing with Brad politically.
This is about the value of a human life.
When a man is acquitted of rape you don’t buy him a box of condoms. When a man is acquitted of identity fraud you don’t buy him a new computer. When a man is accused of domestic violence you don’t buy him brass knuckles. When a man is acquitted of murder you don’t buy him a gun. You don’t. You just fucking don’t.
Bad move Brad. One of your worst ever.
Click here to read the article as well as the TV link to watch the exchange between Brad Thor and the TV anchors.