A right to self-defense

July 15, 2013 

I will gladly reply to the Sound-off caller in the July 8 paper whose comment was entitled, "Explain this lie."

Whether George Zimmerman knew very much about Florida's Stand Your Ground law is irrelevant. He had every right to use it in his self-defense, especially if he was caught in a life-threatening situation. Consequently, what does it matter how much he knew about it as long as he properly applied it? It was his prerogative.

Gen. George Patton once said that war is a killing business. It is, and so is any other life-threatening situation involving confrontation with another person.

As for the Sound-off caller asking why Zimmerman did not shoot his opponent in a less life-threatening part of the body, I will answer accordingly: In a close quarter scuffle there is usually not time to hesitate and take careful aim and politely wound. Besides, if someone was threatening my life and I had opportunity to put a bullet in my opponent, I would not care where the bullet struck as long as I eliminated the danger to myself.

Zimmerman should no more be blamed than one soldier who kills another one in time of war.

Frank B. Austin

O'Fallon

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