Voice of the People: Let’s Start Holding Ourselves Accountable

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Voice of the People by James J. Devineby James J. Devine

My column about the failure of justice in a Florida courtroom stirred a number of remarks and comments, so I would like to clarify a few things.

George Zimmerman was the aggressor and Trayvon Martin was the one who had the right to use force under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Act,” which is a bad law anyway.

Zimmerman is an adult and Martin was a child on his way home from a candy store.

Zimmerman was the suspicious prowler stalking an innocent citizen and Martin was the victim who ended up dead because of an unnecessary confrontation.

Whether this case had anything to do with race is irrelevant because killing innocent children has to always be prohibited and must never be tolerated in the greatest free nation on earth.

Killing obnoxious, inconsiderate, contemptible, obnoxious, or rude people has to be prohibited, too, if America is going to be the kind of nation we all want it to be.

A woman walking into an abortion clinic is not allowed to pave a way through pro-life protesters with guns blazing.

Church-going families cannot clear away Gay Pride paraders in a hail of bullets, even when they have their asses hanging out of pink leather chaps.

Even if U.S. Supreme Court rulings reverse nearly 237 years of progress and freedom, you have no right to kill the corrupt conservative members of that panel.

Priests, politicians, noisy neighbors and just about everyone else is entitled to live unless he or she is threatening someone with deadly force; and not in an imaginary way.

The first rule of a civilized society is that it has to be civil enough to respect the actual lives of living, breathing people.

A well regulated militia is not necessary to the security of a nation that has a standing military force with two-million troops, so the right of the people to keep and bear arms should be examined in a fair and unfettered political debate.

Since the Constitution provides a basic right to bear arms due to an antiquated purpose, we need to redefine the reason for firearms and regulate them better.

That should inspire an intelligent discussion of issues because we should update our fundamental governing document based on a rational political consensus as needed.

Somewhere between crazy killers, paranoid people and others who have an unrealistic view of the world, there is a nation united by ideals and values in which the political process can work well.

Those of us who believe in America have got to realize this is a good time to let government function the way our founders intended, as a republic where the supreme power lies with its citizens.

Everything that happens in a democracy is our fault, mine and yours. Let’s start holding ourselves accountable for the predictable and preventable deaths of our children.


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