The same city that was the stage for a hostile trial over George Zimmerman’s defensive gun use in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is now trying to take guns out of the hands of neighborhood watch volunteers.
Sanford Florida will have a community meeting on November 5th to release new rules that will refuse a neighborhood watch volunteer from being able to carry a firearm. The new rules will also not allow a volunteer to follow someone deemed to be suspicious. So basically all a neighborhood watch volunteer can do is call the cops, close their blinds and go back to watching their favorite TV show.
According to a recent Reuters article, neighborhood watch members will have to register with the police and a community relations unit.
Sanford’s new rules are laid out in a more detailed handbook and will require neighborhood watch groups to undergo training, register members with the police department and regularly update their status with the department, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sanford Police Department.
The neighborhood watch program will be overseen by the department’s new full-time three-officer community relations unit, she said.
Cordingly also stated that Neighborhood watch programs were meant to simply observe crimes and report them to police. This new push by the community will be to turn these volunteers into simple reporters who do nothing but wait for the police to arrive, which we all know can take a long time, ample time for any criminals to get away.
And taking away guns from civilian patrols ensures that criminals will not only have plenty of time to carry out their crimes, but they will also be free from harm.
“People in the community are nervous to join a group (neighborhood watch) that was tarnished in the media and got a bad image with everything that happened. We really want to put those fears to rest and get the community going on the program,” Cordingly said.
Does Cordingly wonder WHY the volunteer group was “tarnished” in the media? It was the media that turned this case into a hate crime carried out by a gun owning vigilante who just wanted to kill someone because of race and his own prejudices. Never once did the defense use Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws because it was more a matter of self-defense then having the duty to retreat, or even the option to retreat once Zimmerman’s head was being bashed into the sidewalk.
Sanford Florida’s new rules will remove anyone from the neighborhood watch program that is found carrying a gun.
No matter what your perspective is on the Zimmerman case, it should be painfully clear to any gun owner that removing guns from the hands of the good guys who are trying to protect their neighborhoods is only helpful to the bad guys. While this is being branded as a push to stop citizens from taking the law into their own hands, it wreaks of yet another attack on the ability to exercise 2nd amendment rights.