I'm so sad at what is being lost here in the coverage of the Zimmerman trial.
When Zimmerman goes to jail, it will be the unfortunate loss of two lives, his and Trayvon Martin. And the guilty party is really onerous gun laws in that state.
If you believe Zimmerman, you are inclined to believe that he thought Trayvon Martin was a threat, and was possibly afraid of him
If you believe the prosecutor, Zimmerman was a profiling, hate-monger who singled out a black person to target.
Either way, I think a majority of the population would agree, what Zimmerman is not: courageous. He chose to engage in a situation that ultimately ended up in a loss of life because his firearm made him cocksure in his aggression that he would be able to at least use deadly force. Maybe I'm being naive, but I truly believe that if Zimmerman did not have a gun (hell, even if he didn't have the legal shield of a BS stand-your-ground law), he would've lacked the gusto to confront what he perceived as a threat, thus the confrontation would never have happened and at worst that night would've ended up in Trayvon Martin being picked up by the police for questioning.
But, you know, this is America, so god forbid we attempt to begin an open dialogue about limitations on death-dealing firepower, lest we get vehemently shouted down by the right.