Disarming Zimmerman

The odds continue to rise that George Zimmerman is neither a level-headed neighborhood watch activist nor a scapegoat for liberal/black racists. One might think after his escape from legal consequences for shooting Trayvon Martin that he might have pursued a quiet life in seclusion as far away from shooting irons as he could get. But no:

Police in Lake Mary, Fla., say they are holding George Zimmerman in “investigative detention” while they investigate a 911 domestic violence call from his estranged wife.

Deputy police chief Colin Morgan says Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that put a spotlight on Florida’s self-defense gun laws, is being held in handcuffs.

Police were investigating a call from Shellie Zimmerman, who reported that he was threatening her and her father with a gun. She filed for divorce last week.

It’s possible, of course, that Ms. Zimmerman was making up the bit about guns (though if you listen to the audio of the 911 call, you’d guess otherwise) just as it’s possible George Zimmerman was stalked and threatened with death by a Skittles-wielding thug. But it looks like his many conservative fans are probably going to have to find another hero/victim for Stand-Your-Ground laws and vigilantism.

The tweet of the day comes from Josh Barro:

Perhaps George Zimmerman should give up his arms to an international party, while we’re at it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.