A recent justified-self-defense shooting in Goldsboro, North Carolina, will not likely attract gun grabbers’ national outrage, at least not publicly. However, normal people should juxtapose this incident with the dubious portrayal of the George Zimmerman case. Doing so should uncover gun-control advocates’ shameless, dishonest, and opportunistic hypocrisy for many decent, gun-supporting people who remain duped by the malicious prosecution of George Zimmerman. Furthermore, this comparison might help to keep responsible gun owners safe and even affect other individuals’ perspectives on the politicians they support.
This past week in North Carolina, 28-year-old Paige Hamm heard something in her backyard. Looking out her window, Hamm noticed a lock on her shed was missing. Miss Hamm had her roommate dial 911 while Hamm armed herself with a firearm and went to investigate the situation.
This is the point at which every responsible gun owner vaguely familiar with the George Zimmerman case in Florida should recognize the problem. Not only did Hamm significantly increase the potential of physical danger to herself, but she also subjected herself to a potential life-destroying and legal nightmare.
Moving toward a threat when not absolutely necessary (as in your child is being harmed, for example) is not a victim’s best option. Generally, a victim should move away from a threat or potential threat whenever possible.
However, much like George Zimmerman, Paige Hamm did what a lot of ordinary people might have done. She unwittingly went toward a potential threat, and thus foolishly put herself at risk. Like George Zimmerman, Paige Hamm did not know where her potential threat was or whether that threat was armed when she left the safety of her initial location. Had her attacker been armed, her story might not have had a happy ending.
Of course, George Zimmerman did not notice a missing lock on a shed, he noticed a stranger in his neighborhood standing around in the rain. This individual happened to match the general description of suspects that had recently burglarized Zimmerman’s neighbors.
Thankfully, normal people are not vilifying Paige Hamm for noticing the missing lock on her shed, but George Zimmerman will probably always be demonized by many otherwise normal people for simply recognizing that his eventual attacker was not from his neighborhood and that the individual fit the description of the recent burglary suspects. Hardly a dubious observation.
Both Hamm and Zimmerman notified the cops while still in a safe location, but then foolishly moved toward the potential threats to investigate the situation by themselves.
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