Originally Posted by kdog
the discussion is about Zimmerman and the 17 year old kid he shot.
The discussion came on my radar through a google alert and I hooked up inot the discussion on the german forum.
As it seems, some of the people either live in the US or have lived in the US, but are not US citicense, but would like to see firarms banned.
I gave them all my usual arguements, but I don`t know much about the american gun law and the registrations of firearms in the US.
But since the firearms don`t need to be registered in the US, it kind of goves those antis the cards they need and that screwes up my day a bit.
First, something that Euro's have a tough time understanding. We, The United
States, are 50 soveriegn states that have banded together to for a (mostly
cohesive) Nation. Laws for many things, vary from state to state, county to
county and city to city. For example U-turns in Illinois are generally illegal
unless marked, in Michigan they are generally legal unless marked.
I have been to Germany many times, and my opinion is that the laws in
Germany are very black and white, that seems to be the cause in a lack
of understanding our appearently schizophrenic laws...
49 states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. Illinois, the state
I live in is now the only one that does not. As soon as we get a new
Governor, I expect that to change.
Concerning Martin/Zimmerman case, Zimmerman was the neighborhood
watch captain. He was licensed to legally carry a concealled handgun.
My understand is in Florida guns are not registered but the individual
is licensed to carry a concealled gun. Zimmerman was licensed to carry,
and was within the law that fateful evening.
Mr. Zimmerman claims he was attacked by Mr. Martin, if this proves to be
true. He was within the law of the State of Florida to draw his weapon
and shoot Mr. Martin. When the case comes to trial I we will find out if
the forensic evidence supports Mr. Zimmerman's story or not.
Unfortunately, most of the open debate is on speculative or hearsay
evidence niether which is allowed in a court of law.