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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman

Gun saved Zimmerman’s life

George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, July 14. [AP Photo/TV Pool]

George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, July 14. [AP Photo/TV Pool]

I disagree with William Fite’s conclusion that no one would have died if George Zimmerman had not been armed. [“Northwest Voices: Martin vs. Zimmerman,” Opinion, July 25.]

The physical evidence presented at George Zimmerman’s trial indicated that Trayvon Martin sucker-punched Zimmerman, then beat his head against the cement sidewalk.

If Zimmerman had not been armed, there is a good chance he would have died from blunt-force trauma to the head. You don’t need a gun to kill someone, and in this case, being armed arguably saved George Zimmerman’s life.

Gerald Cline, Kent

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