Star Member patrice (37,446 posts)
105. It might FEEL like a life or death situation, but it might RATIONALLY be otherwise. Law is rational.
Law wouldn't work at all if it adjudicated on the grounds of something as ephemeral as feelings/emotions.
Lots of things FEEL bad, but are rationally efficacious. Lots of things FEEL good, but are rationally bad.
You are right, he might feel like it was life or death, but he has a RATIONAL responsibility to ascertain whether that feeling is correct or not, especially since the other person is unarmed and HE is the one with the gun.
Z was SUPPOSED to figure it out. The law says there are consequences for deciding wrongly.
His responsibility is commensurate with his power, the gun, a greater power than Trayvon had, therefore much more responsibility for getting it right.
If he had been responsible enough to get it figured out right, Trayvon would be alive, and justly so, and Zimmerman would be a free man. He didn't just fuck up. He fucked up BIG, because of the gun. He must pay the price.