"When a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me." --- Mark Twain
It's completely insane, not just crazy.
His son was being savagely beaten and a gun saved him.
But I guess in his mind it was is not worth it, he'd rather have a possibly dead son.
Me on the other hand, "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6"
It's true, is it not?
Ask that question to every person who's successfully defended their life using a gun.
In a lengthy article, which appears in the October edition of GQ, Zimmerman’s family talks of life as they know it. It’s a life filled with paranoia, fear and the feeling that they are the true victims of what they describe as “the incident.”
The so-called “incident” refers to the night back in February 2012 when Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer shot the unarmed teen in Sanford, Florida. Since that night their lives have been upended, even more so since Zimmerman’s acquittal on second-degree murder charges last summer.
Zimmerman’s parents, Gladys and Bob, and his younger brother Robert who serves as the family spokesman, tell GQ that their lives have been on an endless loop of money problems, safe house re-locations and struggles to at once buffer themselves from their newfound notoriety while also trying to capitalize from it.
Nearly all of the Zimmermans, including a sister who isn’t quoted in the article, are currently unemployed or underemployed, subsisting off of the parent’s meager retirement income. The Zimmermans say George owes millions in legal fees and that the family has spent about $35,000 on hotel rooms, living expenses and rent for a secret house they’ve rented.
But the biggest debt they say they are paying is to the public, whom they fear will come after one of them as payback for Martin’s killing, which sparked outrage particularly among many African-Americans who believe Zimmerman murdered Martin in cold blood.
“I am sure there are people, you know, some young kid that has nothing going for him, but he’s able to get a pistol, wants to make a name for himself. ‘Maybe I’ll kill one of the Zimmermans. Maybe George, maybe one of his family members. I’ll be famous.’ You know? That happens,” Bob Zimmerman said in the piece. “And that’s what worries me.”
Bob Zimmerman, the family patriarch, grew up with a violent drunk of a father who used to beat him. He was a ward of the state of California by 14 and spent the next decade behind bars and homeless, according to the GQ article. Bob Zimmerman later joined the army and after his career was over kept a firearm. He warned his children against them.
“If we ever touched or handled a gun,” Robert Zimmerman was quoted as saying, “Dad was gonna beat the sh-t out of us. Period. He made it absolutely clear, like bare bottoms, you’re gonna get the sh-t beaten out of you. He was always saying, ‘Guns will get you into more trouble than they will ever get you out of.’ “
Thanks for the context. So in summary, the Dad kept a firearm and put the fear of God in the kids not to touch it (or any other one). Some parents might opt to teach children how to handle a gun responsibly, but putting the fear of God in them not to touch one is another way I suppose. At least he didn't have a firearm and not tell the kids anything and come home to one of them accidentally shot one day.
Can someone remind me what is the point of this thread again? Somehow Bush is to blame for something with guns, right?
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