Why was Zimmerman armed with a handgun?

OlympiaJuly 19, 2013 

With all the anguish concerning the death of Trayvon Martin in a struggle with George Zimmerman, one item has not been much discussed. Why does a neighborhood watch volunteer need to carry a deadly weapon?

While I’m sure the National Rifle Association would have liked both victims to have been armed to the teeth, I think perhaps Zimmerman and certainly Martin would have been better off if Zimmerman was armed with a nonlethal weapon ... perhaps mace.

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