Headlines flashed across the nation involve George Zimmerman, domestic violence and guns. George Zimmerman has made the news once again, this time being accused of domestic violence. It is reported he held a shotgun to his girlfriend, threatened her, then forcefully threw her out of her own home. She had demanded he leave for fear of his temper. His former wife has said in interviews that she was constantly afraid of his volatility.
We’ve witnessed the drama of George Zimmerman and a murder trial. He was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Mr. Zimmerman admittedly shot Trayvon Martin to death. He claimed “Stand Your Ground” defense. Regardless of the fact he was found to be not guilty, he was carrying a gun and used it to take another person’s life. That is public record.
Many may rush to judgment and say, “Where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire.” To this blogger it seems if it waddles like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, if it has feathers like a duck, then most likely it’s a duck. George Zimmerman, domestic violence and guns, in my humble opinion, is not a surprising concept. But, it’s only a small part of the picture.
Once again Mr. Zimmerman is involved with using a firearm, now in a domestic violence case. Thankfully, he only got as far as threatening the individual. This time it is a woman. He paid the $9,000 bond and temporarily surrendered his firearms. He was released from jail and is awaiting trial. One has to wonder what the outcome of this case will be.
George Zimmerman, domestic violence and guns – three elements that could easily become a deadly combination. The leading cause of death in domestic violence murders/suicides is by gunshot. Perhaps legislators and judiciary should consider establishing new guidelines for domestic violence incidents wherein firearms are involved. If law enforcement receives a domestic violence call, and upon arriving on the scene learn a firearm was pulled or threats were made to use the gun against the victim, a writ should be automatically available to remove all firearms from the perpetrator, at least on a temporary basis.
Guns serve a purpose. Originally, they were designed for hunting, to enable the head of a household to provide food for the family. Sometimes it’s for self-defense. In that situation, the party against whom you are defending yourself is usually also armed. Proper use of and respect for firearms is one thing. To pull a shotgun on a frightened, unarmed woman is quite another.
Far too often in domestic violence, Injunctions for Restraining Order do not require the perpetrator to surrender firearms in his/her ownership or possession. I’m no rocket scientist, but it seems to make perfect sense to confiscate the firearms, at least on a temporary basis, until the domestic violence issues are resolved or the case has been finalized.
The fact that George Zimmerman and a firearm were involved in this most recent domestic violence matter should be a wake-up call to the general public, but especially lawmakers and judges. You see, George Zimmerman’s name is very familiar to most Americans. Unfortunately, there are thousands of others wielding firearms against spouses and intimate partners. Take away their guns. Clamp a tracking device around their ankle. Let’s save a few lives from the deadly combination of domestic violence and guns.