"If Trayvon Martin was of age and was armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?" "If the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we should examine those laws." So said President Obama on Friday in an unusual appearance at the White House press briefing room podium.
The answer is yes. If Trayvon Martin was legally armed, and if (and this part is pivotal) he had been attacked physically, he could have stood his ground, according to Florida law, regardless of his race. However, the president would have us all believe otherwise.
He artfully ignored the fact that the "stand your ground" defense was not utilized in the George Zimmerman defense. He not-so-artfully ignored the fact that like him, Zimmerman was mixed race. To suggest that a jury of six women also ignored those points is an insult to thinking Americans.