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Letter: It's about time

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Letters concerning the Zimmerman/Martin case, such as the one appearing in the Aug. 15 edition of the Kane County Chronicle ("World has been watching") frighten me.

The writer criticizes the jury for following the letter of the law in reaching its decision. That's what a jury is supposed to do!

Also, where did the writer obtain the statistics that "dozens of Floridians" have been shot because of the "stand your ground" rule? And how does the writer explain the multiple shootings in Chicago, which has no stand your ground rule – at least not by that name?

At least one witness in the case stated that Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman. If I were in Zimmerman's place, I would have responded in the same manner to protect myself.

The writer also said, "There's always a bad outcome when someone has a gun and the other person is defenseless." In this case, George Zimmerman was not defenseless and was able to protect himself. It's about time that Illinois passed conceal/carry so that the innocent will be able to protect themselves from an assault.

Jim Pioch

Batavia

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