To the editor:
In a letter published in the Times on April 17, Doc Ernest Evans claims the Travon Martin case may cause black-white race problems, seemingly suggesting the fellow who shot Martin is white, and will get away with it for that reason.
That premise is misleading, and plain wrong. The guy who killed Martin isn't lily white, his lineage is Hispanic.
The fellow killed, Travon Martin, has been described by some as a known trouble maker, an aggressive thug, and a possible felon. The fellow who shot him had called out for help after being attacked by him, and then shot when help didn't arrive. He was injured in the attack, as evidence clearly shows. It appears he simply exercised his right to self-defense after being physically attacked.
This case doesn't illustrate that white Americans get away with murdering innocent black folks, far from it. It illustrates how far our media, and others, will go to stir up false black-white race troubles, and the opinion that a person doesn't have a basic right of self-defense when attacked, which is a ludicrous notion. Virtually all living things excercise their ability to protect themselves when under attack, why can't humans?
Doc Evans, and others, would do well to pay attention to the actual facts of the case, and let the matter be decided by factual evidence in a court, not in the realm of toxic, aggravating, and misleading public verbage.
If this is tied into the public debate about gun control, it's interesting to note that a recent Gallop poll showed that only 4 percent of our population considers more gun control laws a truly important public issue. Maybe people are waking up to the really important issue, our destroyed economy. And it's about time.