Of course, George Zimmerman, the cop- or security guard-wannabe, was no trained commando. Who said he was?
It is to HLN’s credit that coverage of Zimmerman’s trial for shooting the unarmed Trayvon Martin can roll nearly full-footage. A relatively unfiltered perspective on what happens in the courtroom is a less accurate view than from inside the room, but it’s the next best thing.
Still, some byways of the over-all presentation in the trial come as a surprise. Or perhaps ‘smokescreen’ would be a better term.
Not to sound too harsh, but a pudgy guy can shoot a gun.
A pudgy, out of shape, overweight, soft, flabby martial-arts wannabe can both carry a gun–regrettably–and shoot one.
It is to be hoped that the defense in the Zimmerman case is not putting up a straw man, that is, knocking down the notion that Zimmerman was some kind of Michael Westen type–when no objective observer would argue either 1) that he was; or 2) that he needed to be.
I am all in favor of getting in shape. But exercising is neither necessary nor sufficient to turn somebody into a shooter.
Is a red herring alert needed?
On other matters touched on in the trial, I continue to believe that it was Trayvon Martin whose screams were caught on the painful tape recording. The voice was a teen’s. Unlike some other commentators, I don’t think it’s too close to call.
Defense does not seem to be unduly concerned with appealing to the jurors’ intelligence.
btw Michael Westen, of Burn Notice fame, is a fictional character.