You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Crying wolf will fall on deaf ears

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

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

Alexandria

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts