Two sides to standing one’s ground

It’s been said that, because George Zimmerman feared for his life, he had the right to “stand his ground” and use deadly force. If you accept that argument, then Trayvon Martin was even more justified in doing what Zimmerman’s defense team described — trying to subdue, or even kill, Zimmerman by slamming his head on the ground.

Martin was minding his own business when Zimmerman approached him in a threatening manner. In Martin’s eyes, Zimmerman wasn’t some quasi-peacemaker or neighborhood deputy. He was just a crazed and reckless figure brandishing a gun.

Richard Feinberg