On July 13, 2013, the Brady Campaign issued a statement on the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. The Brady Campaign has been one of the leaders in fighting against “Stand Your Ground” or so-called, “shoot first” laws like the one in Florida. In their most recent statement, the Brady Campaign wrote:
“The Brady Center, the legal arm of the Brady Campaign, has been at the forefront in fighting concealed weapons laws. They recently filed an amicus brief along with the parents of Trayvon Martin, asking the entire United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse a 2-1 decision that held Illinois law restricting the public carrying of firearms unconstitutional.”
The Brady Campaign filed the brief on behalf of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of Trayvon Martin; Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, parents of Jordan Davis; Major Cities Chiefs Association; and International Brotherhood of Police Officers by attorneys with the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project and the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP.
Dan Gross is president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and The Brady Campaign. The public has not heard enough about this organization, but hopefully that will change with the posting of this article. Their Twitter is Brady Campaign @bradybuzz and they are also on Facebook. Dan Gross took on the role of President in February 2012, and they have been busy. It was while reading cases in their Legal Action Center that a light bulb moment occurred about Shellie Zimmerman.
There is a possibility that Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will file a civil suit against George Zimmerman for wrongful death. On December 4, 2012, Click Orlando reported that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) obtained ATF records on Zimmerman’s gun, which was used to kill Martin. It was purchased Nov. 11, 2009 by Shellie Zimmerman at Shoot Straight II in Casselberry.
George Zimmerman told detective Chris Serino that he is ADHD, and was diagnosed when a child. According to George Zimmerman’s medical records of February 27, 2012, he was taking Adderall, Temazepam, and Omeprazole.
Adderall is used in the treatment of ADHD, is habit-forming, and contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is a central nervous system stimulant that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems and is used to treat insomnia symptoms. Temazepam can cause side effects that may impair thinking or reactions. (Source: PDR.net)
Shellie Zimmerman knew, or had good reason to know, that George was taking prescription medications that stimulate chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to impulse control, and that may also have a side effect of impaired thinking or reactions. In spite of this knowledge, Shellie allowed George to carry the gun that she purchased.
Shellie Zimmerman’s actions might be negligent contributory in the killing of Trayvon Martin.