I’m saddened but not surprised by the Zimmerman verdict. Too many people in the U.S. fail to understand that guns make people behave very foolishly. A sane society would wonder how could Zimmerman possibly think it’s a good idea to confront a potential criminal (from his perspective) with a firearm, since the odds are that someone is going to get shot. I’m guessing that if Zimmerman hadn’t had the gun, Martin is still alive right now. Even if Zimmerman had still had decided to confront Martin without a gun, the odds that someone gets killed drop dramatically in the absence of a firearm.
That’s why I break with the current incarnation of the gun control movement: I really don’t care if people have long-barrel rifles or shotguns, since the majority of gun deaths occur with handguns. The latter should be banned.
If you give enough people this kind of easy-to-wield power, some of them will behave stupidly.