17 yr old murders 15 yr old "suspected" of loitering near their family’s property!

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    Apr 09, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    The violent confrontation happened in a Southern state with a long history of racial animus. By the time the police arrived, a teenager lay dead on the ground. The shooter had attempted to detain the minority youth as a "suspicious person" before killing him with a point-blank gun blast to the chest. He would eventually walk free despite substantial evidence indicating he was guilty of murder.

    The similarities to the February 26th killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by Florida concealed handgun permit holder George Zimmerman are undeniable. But the incident described above is the killing of Ramón Casiano by Harlon Carter, who transformed the National Rifle Association (NRA) into the radical right wing organization we know today.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-horwitz/what-the-nras-founder-and_b_1387405.html

    On March 3, 1931, in Laredo, Texas, Carter, who was 17, shot and killed 15-year-old Ramón Casiano. After returning home from school that day, Carter was told by his mother that there were three Hispanic youths loitering near their family’s property. Carter left his house, shotgun in tow, to confront the alleged loiterers. After finding Casiano and his two companions, Carter pointed his shotgun at them and ordered them to come with him. Casiano refused and pulled out a knife and asked Carter if he would like to fight. Carter then pointed the shotgun at Casiano’s chest. Casiano pushed the gun aside and asked Carter not to shoot while taking a step back. He was then shot and killed. Carter claimed self-defense, but the presiding judge instructed the jury, “There is no evidence that defendant had any lawful authority to require deceased to go to his house for questioning, and if defendant was trying to make deceased go there for that purpose at the time of the killing, he was acting without authority of law, and the law of self-defense does not apply.” Carter was convicted of murder without malice aforethought (a crime similar to second-degree murder) and sentenced to three years in prison. Subsequently, Carter successfully appealed his conviction with the appeals court, holding that the trial court failed “to submit to the jury appropriate instructions upon the law of self-defense.” When the shooting incident was reported in media in 1981, Carter initially denied that he had killed Casiano before falsely claiming that the shooting took place on his property.


    Oh yes folks.. the connections are now being linked together!
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    Apr 09, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    I was recently stranded in a hick town in upstate NY when my car broke down. I sat in a repair shop waiting room for 4 hours, where a few guys were talking about their right to carry guns and to shoot people. They said that their gun instructors told them to be sure to kill their victims so that no-one would be around to contradict their testimony.
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    Apr 09, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
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    Nivek saidI was recently stranded in a hick town in upstate NY when my car broke down. I sat in a repair shop waiting room for 4 hours, where a few guys were talking about their right to carry guns and to shoot people. They said that their gun instructors told them to be sure to kill their victims so that no-one would be around to contradict their testimony.
    That is really scary...
    Tis true. I hear it all the time!
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    Apr 09, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    This is why I'm so glad there is not such a gun culture here as in the US.