If Reverend Al Sharpton says Trayvon Martin was “just trying to go home” one more time, I’m going to scream. Too late. Luckily, in a Mercedes GL450, no one can hear you scream. Anyway, Martin was not going home. Martin wasn’t staying at his home. He’d been expelled from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High after school officials found marijuana residue in a baggie in his backpack.. He was staying with his father’s fiance. Small point. And here’s a bigger one. Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman. And as we’ve discussed here before, a single punch can kill. As the friends and family of 51-year-old Andrew Tian will attest. ‘Cause Andrew can’t. As wfla.com reports, the restauranteur was murdered by a 20-year-old gang banger named Juan De Dios Rodriguez [above], arrested today. Here’s how it went down . . .
It all stems from a terrible crime at the New Dynasty Chinese Buffet.
On the night of July 14th, Rodriguez and two friends ate then took off without paying.
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said, “[Rodriguez] did not want to pay a $35.31 bill.”
51-year-old old restaurant manager, Andrew Tian chased them down. When he approached them, the sheriff’s office says Rodriguez punched him in the head and he fell onto the pavement.
Tian died in the hospital a few days later.
I realize that Tian didn’t have a chance to draw a gun. You could also argue that he shouldn’t have chased down two chew-and-screwers. But the general point is simple enough: it’s good to carry a gun. If you, your loved ones or innocent life is in imminent danger of death or grievous bodily harm, and imminence is imminent, a firearm is an excellent way to defend life and limb.
Equally, I believe that someone who carries a gun is less likely to confront a criminal than an unarmed citizen. Debate that as you will, especially in light of the George Zimmerman verdict. Remember that the jury accepted Zimmerman’s contention that he didn’t confront Trayvon Martin. Martin confronted Zimmerman. Who didn’t die. [h/t AB]