- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I would like to answer the question President Obama posed last week. He asked whether Trayvon Martin would have “been justified” in shooting George Zimmerman for following him (“President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,’” Web, July 19).

No, Mr. President, he would not have been justified. There would have been no reasonable cause for Trayvon to think he was in imminent danger of death or serious injury just from being followed. However, if Mr. Zimmerman had assaulted him, punching him in the face, breaking his nose and then pummeling his head into the ground, then yes, I think Trayvon would have been well within his rights to defend himself by shooting Mr. Zimmerman.

When you consider all the facts, it really was an easy question for you to answer yourself, Mr. President.

It is also sad that some prefer to use this tragedy to inflame rather than reconcile. Cry wolf too many times, and people start to ignore your cries.

ROBERT POGGI

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