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It just now (8 hours after the discussion) occurred to me that some folks perceive Zimmerman's act of following Martin as harmless to Martin and beneficial to the community. Okey dokey, let me wrap my mind around that point of view for awhile. . . See, to me, being followed is being hunted. It's an old brain response. I apologize if I got a wee bit vociferous about my plan to depend on a self defense plea if I ever have to confront someone following me.
But I sure do wish neither of those young men had stood their ground. Thank you for the lively discussion.Martha
0 · August 25, 2013
Good discussion. As an aside (and in reference to assertions made at the meeting), though the InterState Highway System, yes, was sold to the American public as part of national defense, the enabling legislation [National System of Interstate and Defense Highways] wouldn't have passed without the vociferous backing of the automotive, fuel and developer industry lobbies. An interesting historical commentary at www.prrac.org/mohl.pdf A prime example of what happens (forgive the puns) when the theoretical rubber hits the actual concrete road....Peace, MaryPS - Could we have a ban against concealed weapons at our meetings? ;-)
Lively discussion, with many different viewpoints presented. Enjoyed the exchange!
Earlier today the Florida legislature overwhelmingly refused to have a special session to overturn the Florida Stand Your Ground Law. Why do you think that this is so? Over the past year in Florida hand gun sales have been huge. There have been many, many Concealed Carry Permits obtained. By taking an afternoon class almost anyone can get a permit to carry a concealed gun. Oregon also has such classes. I almost signed up for one last month. And Oregon effectively also has a Stand Your Ground law. Why is there such a nationwide movement towards passing such laws? And why the increase in people wanting to carry a concealed gun? What is wrong with our society? And how do we fix it in an ethical manner?
0 · August 20, 2013
....depending upon the location, though I RSVPed Yes. Prefer SE or NE, but easy parking or bus route ease a factor. Alas, don't have any suggestions about place. Interesting topic.
0 · August 19, 2013
I live in SW Portland in the South Burlingame area, near the Fulton Park Community Center. On the hill above John's Landing. Ron
Richard, If you want, you can have the meeting at my house. It can hold a dozen or two people reasonably comfortably.
Being a Florida snowbird I have followed this situation from the beginning. There is much misunderstanding of the situation. The trial and it's outcome had nothing to do with Florida's Stand Your Ground Law. But it should be an interesting discussion.Ron
I'll RSVP but might not be able to come if it is too far away from Portland.
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