Originally Posted by The Great Catpiss
Trayvon may have reached for the gun to diffuse the situation. He could have thought to grab the gun and toss it. He could have thought to grab the gun and tell Zimmerman to back off. If I was in a fight with someone and saw they had a gun, I might reach for it too.
Totally unrelated, but my dad had a colleague once upon a time that got into an accident and had to pull over (you know the usual). It was a small fender bender, even though my dad and his colleague are/were truck drivers. Anyway, the other driver was a total asshole about it, and started getting threatening and violent. He got into my dad's colleague's face and personal space, so my dad's colleague put his hands up and on the other driver to give himself more space. When he did that, he felt the other driver had a concealed gun. The other driver got even more enraged that the driver put his hands up to give him more space, and went after my dad's colleague, who was a big man, and socked the other driver right in the kisser, knocked him out cold. When the cops got there, they asked why he decked the guy, and my dad's colleague told the cops why he did it, what he felt, etc. Sure enough, the cops searched the guy (still out cold) and found a .45 on him, loaded and ready to go.
The company still fired my dad's colleague because, as they see it, he had no right to defend himself with force and exposed them to liability - even though the police didn't cite or arrest my dad's colleague, and even sent a letter saying his use of force was justified under the circumstances.
Moral of the story I guess is my dad's company really sucks balls.