Zimmerman Shooting: Assassination Attempt?

Matthew Apperson is a suspect in the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman. The treatment by the old media of the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman has been astounding in the degree to which it’s been spun. It’s clear that Zimmerman was attacked without provocation by a mentally unstable man who was obsessed with him. He narrowly missed being killed after attempting to escape the situation, and there are numerous witnesses who corroborate his version of events. Apperson has been arrested on three serious charges.  They are . . .

Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance.

Under Florida law, these charges have a mandatory minimum 20 year sentence.

An accurate headline reporting the latest would read, ‘Suspect arrested in Zimmerman assassination attempt.’ Yet here are some of the headlines from the mainstream media:

From abcnews.com:

Matthew Apperson Accused of ‘Intentionally’ Shooting at George Zimmerman’s Car

From cnn.com:

Man charged with shooting into George Zimmerman’s truck, Florida police say

From nbcnews.com:

George Zimmerman Shooting: Matthew Apperson Charged

From cbsnews.com:

Man who shot at George Zimmerman arrested

From the orlandosentinel.com:

Matthew Apperson arrested after shooting involving George Zimmerman

From the Palmbeachpost.com:

Man accused of firing at George Zimmerman arrested

From baynews9.com:

Matthew Apperson arrested in George Zimmerman shooting

You have to go to a paper based in the UK to find the following:
 
From the dailymail.co.uk:

Man who shot at George Zimmerman told cops: ‘I hope I got him this time’…as he is charged with aggravated assault

But even the the Daily Mail mischaracterizes the assassination attempt as a “confrontation”.

A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.

I don’t think most people would characterize a mentally unbalanced man who stalks a famous person, attempts to kill that famous person, and who says  “I shot George Zimmerman” immediately afterward, and ” “I hope I got him this time” to police later, as a “confrontation.” A confrontation implies at least some degree of fault on both sides. George Zimmerman appears, from the witness accounts, merely to have attempted to flee from Apperson.

Kenneth Cornell says that Apperson  approached him immediately after the shooting:

Kenneth Cornell told WESH 2’s Gail Paschall-Brown that he called 911 after the alleged shooter approached him and said, “I shot George Zimmerman.” Cornell said the alleged shooter then got on the phone with dispatch and explained what happened.

The media are trying to spin this event to blame Zimmerman for an assassination attempt on his life, but facts, as they say, are stubborn things.

 

Some of the most biased reporting comes from ABC. They write:
This wasn’t the first run-in between Zimmerman and Apperson. In September 2014, the Associated Press reported that Apperson was stopped at a light in Lake Mary when a passenger in the car next to him started yelling, unprovoked.
The truck’s driver, who Apperson believed to be Zimmerman, then reportedly said to Apperson, “Do you know who I am?”
Apperson pulled over, he said, and the truck followed him, blocking him in. Apperson claimed both men threatened to shoot and kill him, the AP reported. Apperson said he called police, but the truck was gone when officers arrived.
Two days later, Apperson said he saw Zimmerman outside his office and was worried Zimmerman was waiting for him, the AP reported.

What they ignore is that all of the above was completely unsubstantiated, unless they accept the word of Apperson who we know now has mental problems.

It wasn’t a “run-in between Zimmerman and Apperson” but a stalking of Zimmerman by Apperson. Only one reporter asked Zimmerman for his side of the event; that reporter did not publish Zimmerman’s version.

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  1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    And guess who the judge is? Debbie Nelson.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Always with the good and timely information on Zimmerman things. Thanks again! 🙂

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        That’s a very good write-up. Thanks.

        It’s sad how media in the UK is publishing important details about Apperson’s past that our own media is choosing to ignore. Anyone who is interested in this incident would do well to read the article at the link AMOK! provided.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          Here’s a sample:

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3079058/Man-fired-George-Zimmerman-road-rage-row-reported-police-neighbor-squirrel-shot-yard-probed-threatening-trespasser-Magnum.html

          He has been arrested six times and police called to his condo in Winter Springs on more than half a dozen occasions.

          The most recent took place on Sunday afternoon when his neighbor Sharee Rivera felt so threatened she felt compelled to call the police.

          The official report written by officer Brad Dula details the neighbor dispute.

          It says: ‘Upon my arrival, I met with Sharee Rivera who told me the following.

          ‘Sharee has always had trouble with her neighbor Matt Apperson. She advised that he says and does strange things and has yelled at her in the past.

          ‘On this date she observed a dead squirrel in backyard that had an apparent BB gun wound to its neck. She advised that Matt hates the fact that she often feeds the squirrels and birds in the rear of the building and she believes that this is a sign.

          ‘Matt has sold his house and is moving out in two weeks. I advised Sharee that I would document the incident in case anything happens during the next two weeks.’

          Less than 24 hours after the report was filed Apperson was involved in the shooting.

  2. avatar AlleyF says:

    Wow.

    Thank you for sharing this story. Thank you.

  3. avatar gbo says:

    Other than sensationalism, what’s the difference between ‘assassination’ and premeditated ‘murder’ when it comes to journalistic accuracy describing the event.

    All the newsies seem to agree the perp was out to get GZ….. It’s obviously not an ‘accidental’ homicide story…

    TomAto, ToMAHto……

    1. As mentioned, “assassination” is when a famous person is targeted. That is what happened in this case. Not all states have “attempted murder” as an actual charge, and it applies to a larger class of events. All attempted assassinations would be attempted murders, but not all attempted murders would be assassinations.

      1. avatar Desert Ranger says:

        Agreed. Assassinations involve a target who has symbolic meaning to a particular group. It is a subset of murder driven by the need to kill the symbol.

        1. avatar Jordan says:

          Kinda reminds me of the Chris Rock stand up bit he did many years ago where he said (Paraphrasing slightly):

          “People talking about how Tu Pac Shakur was assassinated, how Biggie Smalls was assassinated. No they wasn’t! Martin Luther King was assassinated! Malcolm X was assassinated! Them , 2 n******ers (Pac and Biggie) got shot.”

  4. avatar Frank says:

    Just goes to show that facts do not matter to MSM. Their take is Zimmerman shot a choir boy coming back from church with skittles and iced tea and they will keep pushing the narrative until they get something to stick.

    1. avatar Wes S. says:

      “…Their take is Zimmerman shot a choir boy coming back from church with skittles and iced tea and they will keep pushing the narrative until they *get Zimmerman killed.*”

      FIFY.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        That would be bullets sticking to Zimmerman, so he was OK the first time.

        (Unless of course the nutcase uses rounds that overpenetrate.)

  5. avatar Gatha58 says:

    Pretty much what I thought from the start of all of this. I was not privy to any more facts than anyone else. But Apperson’s story sounded like a fabrication to justify what he did. What was amazing is how much the media bought into Apperson’s story. It’s like they could not wait to crucify Zimmerman once again. Terrible reporting and editing on this story when it first came out. I think a few of the news media outlets did mention that Appersons story may have been made up. But most of them were taking his side against George Zimmerman.

    1. avatar Michael says:

      The media NEED Zimmerman to be a bad guy. At this point everything that has been widely publicized about the man has been incorrect. He was taken to trial by a trumped up charge and there have been attempts on his life thanks to misleading reporting. There needs to be something bad about him in truth otherwise the media will eventually have to admit wrongdoing.

  6. avatar Vhyrus says:

    However you feel about Z(full disclosure: I don’t think very highly of him) it’s pretty clear at this point he’s getting a raw deal in the papers.

    1. avatar borg says:

      I suspect that Zimmerman may be suffering from PTSD due to the Martin shooting and whatever fault he may in any incidents after the shooting may be due to dealing with the aftermath of the shooting.

    2. avatar borg says:

      The fact that Zimmerman is not acting perfectly in the aftermath of shooting Martin in self defense may be due to the fact Zimmerman is not a sociopath or psychopath. A sociopath or a psychopath would sleep like a baby after killing someone.

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        Yep.

        I also am reminded that Zimmerman probably isn’t different than many of us. He’s trying to live his life the best that he can under an enormous amount of pressure and an incredible amount of media scrutiny. That would be tough to do well for many of us. I had a small amount of money put up for my hide once but that was nothing near what Zimmerman is dealing with. My ordeal was minor compared to his and I didn’t have one ounce of media pressure on me either. I’m somewhat in awe of how well he has kept it together over this length of time.

        1. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

          Any of us could have been in zimmermans shoes. Face it he was morally in the clear. Tactically he screwed up a little, but he prolly ( like most of America) thought travon Martin to be a harmless petty criminal at worst, not the violent murderer he surely would be known as had George NOT been armed that day. Any of us could be involved in a defensive shoot and be targeted by liberals.

        2. avatar John in Ohio says:

          I agree, Cuteandfuzzybunnies. It could’ve been practically any one of us. Sure, there are things we might have individually done differently, but once jumped and pinned to the ground being beaten, most of us would’ve fired. Then, we would’ve been crucified in the media and hounded relentlessly.

          BTW: It’s not only liberals doing it. I’ve heard more than a few conservatives towing the same line.

        3. avatar SteveInCO says:

          BTW: It’s not only liberals doing it. I’ve heard more than a few conservatives towing the same line.

          I wonder how many of those conservatives are doing so because the only “information” they’ve seen on the case is the set of “facts” the media has been reporting?

          If I can control the information you receive, I can probably get you to believe almost anything eventually, regardless of your political persuasion.

  7. Well it is typical of the lamestream and drive by media to miss he truth completely. Especially where firearms are involved. Plus to say someone tried to kill Zimmerman, could indite them for all of their lies involving the case in the first place.

  8. avatar Gurney Halleck says:

    I actually read an article claiming it was just a case of road rage.

    1. avatar Jay-El says:

      That road-rage reference was everywhere. It’s difficult defending Z when all people have to go on is this BS from the media. They think I’m nuts when I try to present an alternative. One guy I know keeps telling me, “Yeah, maybe, but where there’s smoke there’s probably fire.”

      1. avatar BlueBronco says:

        You should have told him that any smoke was coming out of Apperson’s ears.

      2. avatar Mitch H. says:

        “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” has got to be the favorite aphorism of arsonists.

  9. avatar Mike says:

    I haven’t read all the relates info about Apperson, but what is the convincing information to call him mentally unbalanced? As opposed to an otherwise normal self important person who hears all the “Zimmerman was evil, wrong, racist for shooting the choirboy…” bilge and decided to enact his idea of justice? Just because he acted in a wackadoo fashion doesn’t give him the benifit of the mental problem out.

    1. It is from the arrest report:
      “During the investigation, I learned that Apperson has exhibited unusual behaviors in which he had recently been admitted to a mental institution. It appears that Apperson has a fixation on Zimmerman and has displayed some signs of paranoia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.”

      http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/05/15/breaking-man-who-shot-at-george-zimmerman-matt-apperson-arrested/comment-page-2/

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        This is a local story for me and Matt in Florida. One of the local TV stations had some video of Apperson and his family giving a statement outside his house.

        Look closely at the last half of this video…

        Apperson’s body language screamed *smug*, if not proud.

        This next video is equally ‘interesting’, Look at the “Are you touching me? Don’t touch me.” while doing a Joe Pesci imitation. His body language screams ‘smug’, if not arrogant.

        As for convincing information of mental instability, he told the cops: “I hope I got him this time”… This time? Yeah, that sounds obsessive to me.

        1. avatar foo dog says:

          Thanks Geoff. Yep, not a shrink here, but this guy is definitely a loose cannon, with a loose screw.

        2. avatar Bob says:

          And this quote, taken by a police officer who heard him say it and wrote it on his report is not reported on by the main stream media.

        3. avatar BlueBronco says:

          Those 2 women were making similar gestures and smug expressions. The lawyer looks like a mortician.

        4. avatar Taylor TX says:

          Couldnt help but agree, that frakker is smiling as the lawyer is talking.

        5. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

          I’m also a central Floridian, and what should not be missed, is Apperson’s lawyer, Mark Nejame. This is one of our local ambulance chaser, slip-n-fall lawyers, who believes the Fedgov has the right to tell you what to eat…and what not to eat, such as soda’s with too much sugar. Between Nejame and his client, there’s way too much “crazy” going on.

        6. An interesting choice for a lawyer. This is a very high profile case. His website says that he has extensive 25+ years as a criminal defense lawyer.

          http://www.nejamelaw.com/defense-attorney-nejame.html

      2. avatar Mike says:

        Very well. Thank you. I withdraw my tirade.

    2. avatar forrest says:

      According to reports, he’s been stalking him for over a year.

      The two met when GZ came into a Dr’s office where Apperson was working to set an appointment. From there, it sounds like Apperson claimed to have been in a road rage incident with GZ that noone can back up. A few days later, when GZ showed up for the appointment, Apperson called the police and claimed that he was being stalked. Now it seems that Apperson tracked him down and shot him drive-by style “in self defense” as he claims.

      Yeah, he’s bonkers.

  10. avatar Montesa_VR says:

    Poor George. Whether he used poor judgement in the past or not, he’s branded now. I blame Obama.

    Hey, anybody else see this: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/business/dealbook/cerberus-unable-to-sell-remington-will-buy-back-its-shares-from-investors.html?ref=business&_r=0

  11. avatar SD3 says:

    Second time a delusional, arrogant, drug-addled, maniac tries to murder him.

    1. The old media should be held to account for their reporting on this case. Many in the media have all but called for his assassination. Actual calls for his assassination are common on social media.

  12. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    And how would the media have spun it had Zimmerman lawfully and rightfully defended himself?
    Probably the LAST thing GZ wanted to do was shoot someone else, even though that guy was actually shooting at him. I know I would have been damn hesitant.

  13. avatar God says:

    I hear that the NRA wants to have Zimmerman’s likeness carved into Mt. Rushmore since his cool, calm lifestyle and putting that pesky African teenager down is a proud role model for all gun freaks.

    1. avatar juliesa says:

      MSM lies, and there’s no mention at all on the lefty sites I’ve checked that were so excited about this story the other day.

    2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      Nice job racially Godwinning yourself. Now let the adults get back to our discussion.

    3. avatar GuyFromV says:

      Pretty sure this was sarcasm about how the media thinks we think.

      1. avatar JWM says:

        It’s a person with a God complex. He’s more on a level with Apperson than any of us.

    4. avatar Taylor TX says:

      no skill trolls still gotta troll.

    5. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

      First off the video with his wife was crazy. He looked like he might be medicated or maybe mentally handicapped.
      Secondly George I hope to hell you have some decent body armor at least level 2 hopefully level 3a. And I hope you wear it!!
      How come the cops have not taken this guy in for a mental evaluation ? Have they at least pulled his carry permit for shooting at Zimmerman ?

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        Have they at least pulled his carry permit for shooting at Zimmerman ?

        I can’t agree with you there. At this point, he is accused but not convicted. If there is enough evidence that he is too unstable to be armed, then Florida needs to go through the process to keep him in a mental hospital, release him to a guardian, or otherwise keep him locked up. Otherwise, he still ought to retain the exercise of his RKBA.

        Since, AFAIK, Florida has only the privilege of licensed carry (except when hunting or fishing), then revoking his license would essentially be an infringement as there isn’t an alternative for him to keep and bear a firearm.

    6. avatar Armando says:

      You genuinely believe you’re making a valid point, don’t you? SMH

  14. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    Matthew Apperson is just damn lucky he wasn’t Zimmernated

  15. avatar Tex300BLK says:

    Anyone with half a brain and the willingness to be objective knew that Apperson was lying from the moment they posted the very first pictures of the flatbed towing Zimmermans truck. It very clearly shows a bullet hole in he passenger window meaning it was up at the time the round was fired. other pictures showed very clearly that the tint on Zimmermans truck was VERY dark, so it was pretty obvious right there that Apperson was full of shit when he said he saw Zimmerman and that zimmerman waived a gun at him. How he could even see anything inside the truck is beyond me.

    If you want to get technical though, let’s assume Zimmermans window was down at the time. It still got a bullet hole in it while it was up so that means if his truck is anything like any vehicle I have driven then there were several seconds that went by from the last time Apperson saw Zimmerman to when the window was fully up. again, all of this does very little to give credence to Apperson’s story. I hope Zimmerman does two things, 1 press every last charge against Apperson that is possible, and 2 for heavens sake GET OUT OF FLORIDA!!! He is just waiting to die if he doesn’t.

  16. avatar GuyFromV says:

    I’ve actually asked myself to consider if I’m the one who might be seeing things in a skewed way the last few years this crap is so common in the media and from what I hear of people’s opinions, even from some people I thought had crap straight. Its pretty disturbing, seriously.

  17. avatar Noishkel says:

    I think Zimmerman should sue the hell out of every single news organization that released all of those edited 9-1-1 calls that the media released just to pump up the story.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Judge Debra S. Nelson threw out Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit against NBC…

      http://www.clickorlando.com/news/judge-rules-against-george-zimmerman-in-nbc-lawsuit/26723574

      BREAKING:

      Apperson bonds out of jail, has no comment

      http://www.clickorlando.com/news/investigators-question-family-in-zimmerman-shooting/33049616

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      He did. He lost. The MSM can get away with anything.

      1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

        The decision is under appeal, and certainly not final.

        Little Debbie’s decision was factually absurd, and farcical. It will not withstand appeal.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          From your mouth to god’s ear, my friend. A little justice wouldn’t hurt the media and might remind the bastards of what their job really is.

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Chip, I really hope it is overturned. G.Z. is effectively un-employable at this point.

          I hope he gets a decent settlement and then changes his name, gets plastic surgery and dissapears.

      2. avatar BlueBronco says:

        NBC was the one that altered the 911 audio.

  18. avatar Gregory says:

    If Zimmerman were in prison where he belongs, this would not have happened. When Zimmerman engaged in a pursuit of Martin, the stand your ground law became invalid. Perhaps Martin was invoking the stand your ground law. The law is good but once someone pursues another person, said person is intentionally putting himself in harms way. Said person is not an innocent victim of an unprevoked attack because the person is provoking an attract by engaging in a pursuit.

    1. avatar Noishkel says:

      And if Martin hadn’t have been a thug and got himself jumped up on Purple Drank then he might not have got his arse waxed when he tried to murder Zimmerman.

      Quit trying to blame the victim.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        You have to excuse Gregory. He’s been into the Sterno again.

        1. avatar foo dog says:

          Daily Kos is looking for their village idiot. Oh! Gregory, there you are.

      2. avatar Gregory says:

        Exactly what law was Martin breaking when he walked onto the property? I know, NONE. Zimmerman ASSUMED he was trespassing when in fact he was not. Zimmerman was a wana-be cop and pursued someone! Regardless what a POS Martin was, that fact has no bearing in this incident. The fact is that a teenager walked onto the property of a community and a wana-be cop assumed he did not belong there and chose to pursue him with absolutely no justification. You know damn well that is you were walking on a property you had the right to walk on and someone started following you, you would have a big problem with that. Go ahead and tell me you would not engage the person following you. I cannot stress the fact enough that Zimmerman turned a non-defensive situation (assumed suspicious person) into a situation where he needed to use deadly base solely on his own actions of following the person. When one goes looking for trouble, one will find it. I know many do not agree with me but I am looking at this incident based solely on logic and not on emotion. Zimmerman was acting in a role as security without any official capacity to do so. He was not security for the property. He was not wearing anything that designated him as security for the property. He was simply a wana-be taking on a role that ended up placing his well-being at risk. Martin was simply walking on a property where he was authorized to be when someone unknown started following (stalking) him for no legitimate reason.

        1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          Martin was simply walking on a property where he was authorized to be when someone unknown started following (stalking) him for no legitimate reason.

          No (known) unlawful action took place until Martin physically assaulted Zimmerman. That’s all that really matters.

          Zimmerman did not stalk Martin. You should know the definitions of the terms you use, and “stalking” is defined in Florida statutes.

          Zimmerman did not pursue Martin (he lost sight of Martin before he ever even got out of his truck, and didn’t see him again until Martin approached Zimnerman out of the darkness, and verbally accosted and physically assaulted Zimmerman.

          Further, even if Zimmerman *had* pursued Martin, such pursuit would not have been unlawful and would not have justified Martin’s use of force against Zimmerman.

          Try learning the facts of the case.

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Zimmerman was acting in a role as security without any official capacity to do so. He was not security for the property.”

          Wrong.

          Zimmerman organized the neighborhood watch for the property.

          In the property’s newsletter concerning the neighborhood watch it said (to the effect of) “Any questions, please see George Zimmerman”.

          Right there, in black and white. (so to speak)

          The depth of your lack of knowledge and understanding in the shooting is nothing short of breathtaking.

        3. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          Further: how is calling the non-emergency number to report a suspicious person “acting as security”? After all, that’s literally all that Zimmerman did – call NEN to report someone wandering about in the rain, possibly on drugs. (And, prescient, that: Martin was, in fact, on drugs.)

          Zimmerman did absolutely nothing to “act as security”. He was driving in his vehicle, on his way to go shopping, and saw someone suspicious. So he called NEN.

        4. avatar Noishkel says:

          You know at this point the data is out there. And anyone that still clings to this absolute fiction that Zimmerman was looking for trouble is just too damaged mentally to really talk to. Every single honest piece of evidence points Zimmerman shooting of Martin as a completely legit and any response against it is just some absolute idiot trying to play at politics.

          Honesty Gregory. Either F*ck of for get a clue.

        5. avatar Tommycat says:

          So you have some evidence of what you are saying? One SHRED of evidence. One tiny bit of ANYTHING that shows ANY of what you have claimed.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “When Zimmerman engaged in a pursuit of Martin, the stand your ground law became invalid.”

      Oh, Gregory?

      Zimmerman NEVER INVOKED ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’.

      His defense was SELF DEFENSE.

      You’re an idiot.

      A wise old saying for you… “The mouth that is closed collects no foot.”

    3. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      After all this time, you still don’t have the facts? Or do you merely choose to ignore them?

      If Zimmerman were in prison where he belongs, this would not have happened.

      Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges by a jury of his peers.

      When Zimmerman engaged in a pursuit of Martin, the stand your ground law became invalid.

      Zimmerman never invoked SYG during his defense, nor did SYG apply. Given that Martin was physically restraining Zimmerman from any opportunity to flee, Zimmerman never had the means or opportunity to choose between flight and standing his ground. His defense was simple self-defense.

      Further, Zimmerman never “pursued” Martin.

      Further, even if Zimmerman had “pursued” Martin, said pursuit would not have been unlawful, and would not have justified Martin’s use of force against Zimmerman.

      Perhaps Martin was invoking the stand your ground law.

      Martin had no legal basis upon which to invoke SYG, or even self-defense, given that Zimmerman never used unlawful force against Martin, nor did Zimmerman put Martin in reasonable mortal fear or commit a forcible felony against Martin.

      The law is good but once someone pursues another person, said person is intentionally putting himself in harms way. Said person is not an innocent victim of an unprevoked attack because the person is provoking an attract by engaging in a pursuit.

      Following someone is not unlawful use of force, and does not constitute physical aggression or instigation.

      Further, there is no evidence that Zimmerman ever approached or accosted Martin, and ample evidence that it was Martin who both approached and verbally accosted Zimmerman.

      Zimmerman’s use of deadly force in self-defense was entirely justified, legally and morally.

    4. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Others have said it, but it bears repeating: Stand Your Ground had precisely zero to do with the George Zimmerman case, as it did not apply to his situation and he did not invoke it as a defense. Your bringing it up reveals in just three short words your complete ignorance of the most basic tenets of the case and trial, and that demonstrated ignorance renders anything else you say on the subject to be mindless twaddle, to be completely ignored if not ridiculed. Be gone with you.

      1. avatar Bob says:

        In court, during the trial, the prosecution itself stated very clearly and even emphatically that the case had nothing at all to do with stand your ground laws.

    5. avatar borg says:

      Your logic could justify killing a cop for pursuing a suspect or killing a person effecting a citizen’s arrest with the killer claiming provocation.

    6. avatar Taylor TX says:

      Gosh I love a liberal douchebag urchin who still after the entire legal proceedings, chooses to bring up something that was not even remotely related. Way to echo the MSM agenda as a mindless proggie troglodyte…

    7. avatar Sian says:

      You’re a special kind of stupid.

    8. avatar Mister Fleas says:

      “If Zimmerman were in prison where he belongs, this would not have happened.”

      No fair defending oneself from getting ones head pounded into the cement, eh?

      “When Zimmerman engaged in a pursuit of Martin, the stand your ground law became invalid.”

      The so called “Stand Your Ground” law was not invoked at the trial of Zimmerman. O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney said, “the facts don’t seem to support a ‘stand your ground’ defense”.

      Perhaps Martin was invoking the stand your ground law. The law is good but once someone pursues another person, said person is intentionally putting himself in harms way. Said person is not an innocent victim of an unprevoked attack because the person is provoking an attract by engaging in a pursuit.

      No evidence whatsoever that Zimmerman “pursued” Trayvon. If he in fact did so, you still can’t assault someone for a “pursuit”. You can only do so in self defense or to prevent a crime. “Pursuit” is not a crime.

  19. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Hmmm…pretty much exactly what I stated HERE and on FB. But everyone thought George was just a bad penny. Oh well. And the deadly train derailment in Philly could be terrorism-or a prank gone evil(look for a coverup if it’s terror related). I wouldn’t be surprised if GZ’s assailant was “sponsored”. Wasn’t there a bounty the white hispanic?

    1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      Wasn’t there a bounty the white hispanic?

      Yes. The New Black Panthers very publicly put out a bounty on Zimmerman, dead or alive. But as NBPP are then AG Eric Holder’s people, nothing was ever done about it.

  20. avatar Jack Gault says:

    Who are we kidding? It’s only a matter of time before that psychopath Zimmerman is in jail for murdering someone else. I just hope the brothers and sisters, who support an unrestricted 2nd Amendment like myself, are not duped again into supporting that racist, mentally ill thug Zimmerman like some of them were during the Martin murder trial. I continue to believe the Stand Your Ground law should be a national law, but pursuing a young boy, who was armed with Skittles, is CERTAINLY not standing your ground.

    I don’t want to see Zimmerman murdered, but if it happens, I would cry about it. Karma is a powerful force.

    1. avatar GuyFromV says:

      Wait, what?

    2. avatar Jack Gault says:

      I would NOT cry about it. Karma is a powerful force. 🙂

      Edit button disappeared on me.

      1. avatar GuyFromV says:

        I got what you were saying, my question still stands.

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        ” I continue to believe the Stand Your Ground law should be a national law, but pursuing a young boy, who was armed with Skittles, is CERTAINLY not standing your ground.”

        Zimmerman never claimed “Stand Your Ground”.

        Why is that so hard for you to understand?

        Geeze, facts are such pesky things.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          And, it wasn’t even a SYG case since Zimmerman was pinned down and being beaten. He didn’t have the option of retreating so SYG didn’t fit anyway. His was clearly a self defense case that would’ve stood anywhere in the US. Trolls crying over SYG in the Zimmerman case crack me up! It’s a smoke screen and nothing more.

    3. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      It looks like Martin wasn’t the only one hitting the Lean. Or are you as mentally deficient as you appear without chemical assistance?

      1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

        I think it’s a psychoactive problem Chip-and if I’m quoted I do wish I used correct grammar LOL

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Edit button dissapeared AGAIN. It also did it to Jack Gault, Dan Z…

        “It looks like Martin wasn’t the only one hitting the Lean.”

        No kidding.

        Cripes, these Trayvon apologists are going to drive me to do some ‘Purple Drank’…

    4. avatar SurfGW says:

      What is the probability of rioting if the authorities charge Apperson for this attempt?

      George Zimmerman is the one guy many people would rather forget and charging Apperson re-opens the whole history.

    5. avatar Taylor TX says:

      I wonder how that koolaid tastes, what flavor is it, perhaps Big Gov Grape?

    6. avatar Grindstone says:

      I’m absolutely no fan of his, but “racist”? Come on, have you even researched anything you claimed? Apparently not.

    7. avatar Seriously says:

      There was no “Stand Your Ground” defense by Zimmerman and Martin was a victim of his own poor judgment not someone gunning for him.

      Try again.

    8. avatar Tommycat says:

      1) Zimmerman claimed Self Defense. Stand your Ground simply means you have no duty to retreat. That goes away when you have a person sitting on top of you beating your head against the ground.
      2) Zimmerman was NOT a racist. In fact he worked on a case going after the cops and defended a black man. He also worked on Obama’s presidential campaign.
      3) There was NO evidence that Zimmerman stalked or otherwise attempted to confront Martin. In fact all evidence supported Zimmerman’s side. Hence why he is a free man.
      4) It really is too bad that knuckleheads like you continue to believe a LIE perpetrated by racists like Sharpton who are only in it for the money, and make more cash from people believing his lies in cases like this.

    9. avatar Mister Fleas says:

      Is it murder to kill someone who punched you in the face and then used the sidewalk as an anvil for your brain box?

  21. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    However this thing turns out, I’m not on board with characterizing it as an “assassination attempt.”

    I’ll defer to Chris Rock on the distinction here: “Malcolm X was assassinated. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Biggie Smalls and Tupac? Them N******* got shot!”

  22. avatar Alan W. Rose says:

    Don’t like the MSM coverage of this? Imagine if Zimmerman had fired at, wounded, or killed this poor ‘mental patient.’

  23. avatar Mikial says:

    I feel bad for George. Yeah, maybe he should have just stayed home that night and let the cops deal with Martin, but maybe he was tired of people having to lock themselves in their houses because they were afraid to go outside at night. Either way, what happened, happened and he was acquitted.

    I don’t fault him at all for staying in Florida, but if it was me I would move out of there to somewhere I could start over. Preferably someone like Wyoming. As it is, he is probably traumatized by not only the incident itself, but by the trial and all the attention by the moronic media. I’ve spent a lot of time in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and the West Bank, and I can handle myself, but I’d much rather be somewhere i don;t have to.

    I wish him the best.

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Funny you mention Wyoming. When this story broke, I was actually in Wyoming and said the same thing. I said something like “If I were Zimmerman. I’d change my name, move out of Florida, and live…….there”, pointing to a mountain range near Casper.

  24. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    The white hispanic Zimmerman incidents of murdering poor innocent heroes of the state of Oceania utilizing Stand Your Ground Legislation has been reported quickly, accurately, and objectively at all times by the Ministry Of Truth utilizing Newspeak. Big Brother is infallible and provides corrective concern for all peoples through The Ministry Of Love. If Big Brother had a son, he would look just like Trayvon. We all love Big Brother.

    1. avatar Frank says:

      DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER. DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER. DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER. DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.

    2. avatar Taylor TX says:

      That was pretty funny, not gonna lie. The Ministry of Pre Crime should just go ahead and pick him up for good measure 🙂

  25. avatar Daily Beatings says:

    I guess that Spike Lee almost got his wish. When do we hold him responsible for inciting unlawful acts?

  26. avatar Kap says:

    the lack of interest by limp stream media is it has no race baiting provocateurs, its OK too screw with Zimmerman when he offs a black boy that had a record and was beating his head into the concrete but now Zimmerman is attacked , the media liberals hate him so much they want too see him get whacked! preferably by a black boy!

  27. avatar Dustin says:

    All the TTAG “Sanction the Victim” advisors can now eat foot.

    Called it. Been calling it.

    Dirty human animals are so predictable….

  28. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

    Well he would have been but George’s kel-tec jammed. If Zimmerman had a glock apperson would be dead guy number 2. JK but I have a pf-9 and it does jam a lot compared to my other handguns.

    1. avatar JohnF says:

      If he had a Glock, he would have just as likely had an ND trying to get the gun out! 😉

      A snubby revolver would have been his best bet in that situation.

  29. avatar TwinReverb says:

    Don’t glorify Zimmerman by using the word assassination. Use “attempted murder” 🙂

  30. avatar JohnF says:

    I wonder if we’ll see more of this. I worry about former police officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson “fame.” I gotta believe he’s being stalked. I’m sure he’s employed good security precautions, but it would be hard to hide forever. Getting him would get someone serious status with a segment of the population. I’d hate to see that happen.

  31. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Yeah, Apperson reveals a LOT about himself in those videos. I would say there are “undercurrents” that go WAY beyond being smug.

  32. avatar Peter says:

    After the confrontation the shooter told police “I just shot John Lennon”.

  33. avatar Patrick Wider says:

    Imagine the story if someone took a pot shot at Al Sharpton, the incredibly ugly premier race-bater with the bashed-in Neanderthal forehead: “Crazed far-right madman, climate change denier, and George Bush supporter arrested after failed attempt at assassinating famous civil-rights icon, renowned man of the cloth, and promoter of truth, justice, and the American way.”

  34. avatar trob6969 says:

    Just a stupid article written by a ‘pro-Zimmerman’ idiot who refuses to see him for what he is: a POS who got away with unprovoked armed stalking resulting in the death of another …here’s a question for anyone who reads this post: if someone pursues you for no just reason with a gun and confronts you with an aggressive tone (as you can clearly tell Zimmerman had by his initial 911 call), would you think “this guy wants to harm me and is probably going to shoot me” and thinking that you’re likely to be shot anyway, would you try to stop his intention at any percieved opportunity? Suppose you did try but failed and he shot you? Would the shooting be your fault for trying to insure surviving this unprovoked incident, OR would the fault lie on the person who stalked and confronted you with a deadly weapon without justifiable cause?…ANYBODY who stands behind what Zimmerman did is a pathetic POS just like him!

    1. It is sad that you have accepted so many of false premises about the Zimmerman case. Many on this forum have already rebutted your false assertions. You need only read them. The posts by Chip Bennett are particularly good at explaining the facts to those who have been mislead.

      1. avatar Sian says:

        He’s probably a subscriber to Huffypoo, Rolling Stone, and Salon.

    2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      …who got away with unprovoked armed stalking resulting in the death of another.

      There was zero evidence presented at trial to support this specious allegation. Further, Zimmerman didn’t “stalk” Martin. I would urge you to look up the statutory definition of “stalking”. It simply does not and cannot apply here.

      …if someone pursues you for no just reason with a gun…

      One, Zimmerman’s gun was holstered and concealed; therefore, Martin would have had no way to know that Zimmerman was armed. Two, there is simply no evidence that Zimmerman “pursued” Martin. Three, the actual evidence clearly implicates Martin as the one who, some four minutes after eluding Zimmerman, approached Zimmerman, verbally accosted Zimmerman, and, unprovoked, physically assaulted Zimmerman.

      …and confronts you with an aggressive tone…

      There is zero evidence that Zimmerman confronted Martin, and any actual evidence implicated Martin as the one who confronted Zimmerman.

      …(as you can clearly tell Zimmerman had by his initial 911 call)…

      Maybe you should listen to the actual NEN (not 911) call, instead of the voices in your head?

      …and thinking that you’re likely to be shot anyway, would you try to stop his intention at any percieved opportunity?

      Note that this is exactly the scenario that the State attempted to portray at trial – something at which they failed miserably. There is zero evidence that Martin reasonably believed that he was in fear of imminent use of unlawful force by Zimmerman.

      Even the State’s “star witness”, Rachel Jeantel, admitted that Martin had eluded Zimmerman, and that Martin chose, of his own volition, instead of simply going back inside Rachel Green’s home, to return to the sidewalk “T” (some 400 feet away) to approach and verbally accost Zimmerman.

      Would the shooting be your fault for trying to insure surviving this unprovoked incident…

      Again, the only proven provocation was that of Martin, who instigated both the verbal and physical confrontation.

      …OR would the fault lie on the person who stalked and confronted you with a deadly weapon without justifiable cause?

      Pure fantasy that has no resemblance to what happened between Martin and Zimmerman. Zimmerman didn’t stalk Martin. Zimmerman didn’t confront Martin. Zimmerman didn’t introduce the deadly weapon into the incident until he was in mortal fear from an unjustified physical assault by Martin.

      ANYBODY who stands behind what Zimmerman did is a pathetic POS just like him!

      Given your complete divorce from reality and from the facts of the case, your opinion is meaningless. You’re either so stupid that you’re incapable of understanding the evidence, or else you are so biased that you are willfully and intentionally deluding yourself.

    3. avatar Tommycat says:

      Did you watch the trial? Or did you take MSNBC’s version of the trial at face value. I watched the whole trial live from the court(live stream, and I was bored at work). There was no way to convict the man. The prosecution had no case. They laid it all out there, and the only one who COULD have helped the prosecution, ended up corroborating Zimmerman’s recounting. Zimmerman was being watched by Martin who was possibly a burglar(not saying he was, but the evidence seems to indicate that he was).

      Read some LEGAL experts on the case. Not some BS that you heard on MSLSD or Huffer Post. Actual people with LAW degrees.
      http://legalinsurrection.com/tag/george-zimmerman-trial/

    4. avatar CarlosT says:

      Anyone paying close attention to the trial knew that acquittal was nearly inevitable when the defense was making fact-based closing arguments and the prosecution was asking the jurors to consider the possibility of this, or couldn’t it be possible that… The first kind of language is how prosecutors talk when they want to firm up their narrative, the second is how defense attorneys try to get juries to keep reasonable doubt in mind. The fact that the defense had such a strong case that they were basically wrapping up an assault prosecution, and the prosecution was reduced to trying to maintain reasonable doubt that their case could be true made the verdict pretty much a forgone conclusion.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        Yep. Spot on.

  35. avatar Tommycat says:

    I can’t be the only one who notices that a “nobody” with the name “Apperson” (A Person), attempted to kill one of the most well known gun carriers. Is it possible that maybe he was trying to gain notoriety by chasing down Zimmerman in hopes of being killed by him?

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