Once again the liberal press and gun control zealots are going out of their way to make criminals look like saints and victims look like monsters.
This can be seen in the case of George Zimmerman who defended himself from a savage beating at the hands of Trayvon Martin. The police on the scene, who witnessed first hand Zimmerman’s injuries, declared that he had acted in self defense and released him. But when the press heard that a man named George Zimmerman had shot a black “kid” named Trayvon, they swooped in like media Valkyrie in order to paint this as a hate crime.
I can all but guarantee you that if George Zimmerman used his mothers maiden name and went by Jorge Guiterrez (not sure of his mom’s Peruvian maiden name so just used that as an example) then this case would never have seen the light of day. Plus, when it was discovered that George was a registered Democrat the Liberal Press would have fled the story in a heart beat.
Because the truth doesn’t fit into their narrative…they hear that a guy named Zimmerman shot an unarmed black “kid” and all of a sudden they paint Zimmerman as a white, extreme conservative, tea partier who shot Martin based solely on race. Zimmerman never had a chance. They media had tried and convicted him on his name and because doing so was good for ratings they justified it to themselves.
NBC went so far as to doctor recordings in order to make it appear that Zimmerman was racist. The liberal media doesn’t let a little thing like truth get in the way of a good sensationalized story after all.
Then there are the photos of the Zimmerman and Martin. For the first few weeks of the story the only picture you saw of Zimmerman was his mug shot, which as usual for mug shots, did not paint him in a good light. On the other hand, the media had no qualms showing pictures of Martin as a happy bubbly child. Of course, the pictures they used were taken 5 years prior when Martin was just a boy…not the 6″+ thug life living, tatooed gansta that he presented himself to the world as.
The reason I bring up the Zimmerman case is because I have just read of another story in which the media is spinning a pair of burglars into angelic kids fooling around and a man defending his home as a gun toting maniac gunning them down.
In Little Falls, Minnesota on Thanksgiving, a 17 and 18 year old pair of cousins break into the house of a senior citizen with the intention of robbing him. Unfortunately for them, homeowner Byron Smith (who had suffered previous break-ins for a loss of over $10,000) was home and armed.
Mr. Smith ended the lives of both of these criminals who had broken into his house.
Normally, I would celebrate this as a moment of real life defense. Unfortunately Mr. Smith seemed to have gone overboard with the defense of his home and after shooting the criminals, “more times than he needed to” he claims, shot the 18 year old in the head to end the suffering.
The story takes an even odder twist after that. Smith wraps the bodies in tarps and puts them in his basement and doesn’t call the police until the following day, explaining that he didn’t want to bother anyone on Thanksgiving. While thoughtful, probably not the best way to go legally. Of course, he could have been in a state of shock; who knows how people will react in both those high stress moments and the subsequent aftermath?
Now, what do I see when I see this story online? Pictures of the two burglars in the best photos that can be found of them and Mr. Smith’s mug shot which is not flattering in the least. From the visual alone we are being bombarded with bias. Instead of seeing two criminals who broke into an old mans house with a lead pipe you see two kids with bright smiles who are said to be popular in school. As if popularity makes you incapable of crime.
Like I said, I am not sure where I fall on this story. Shooting two home invaders is no doubt an intense situation and who can really say how they will react? Smith, who is facing 2nd Degree Murder charges may very well be convicted but it should be based on the facts, not the bias media’s attempt to railroad him by casting a pair of criminals as saints and an old man defending his home as the devil. The media wants to paint him as this monster but maybe he was just suffering from shock over what happened.
Trials are usually used to determine little things like guilt or innocence, at least they used to be. Now the media basically reports who is innocent and who is guilty without so much as waiting for the jury.
I don’t know what was going through Smith’s mind that day when these criminals armed with a lead pipe entered his home. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts though, that those two criminals would be alive today if they hadn’t broken into Smith’s house on Thanksgiving and tried to rob him. But I guess that bit of deductive reasoning isn’t as sexy as liberally biased sensationalism “journalism”.
All in all, as a gun owner remember this, if you ever find yourself needed to use your firearm to defend yourself, regardless of how justified, expect a high tech lynching from the media.