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Mark O'Mara Addresses Gun Rights Policy Conference

The lamestream media told you:


In fact, video crews for five TV stations showed up at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando last month, recorded the remarks of Mark O'Mara, attorney for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, and promptly left the building. Very brief sound bites aired that evening with little mention of the conference or any of the other extremely relevant news at the three-day event, and then cut away to abject silliness which has become the mainstay of broadcast "news."

Camera crews crowded into the back of the hall for the 27th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference
in Orlando, Florida in September, to get sound bites of George Zimmerman's attorney, and then fled
the room like it was on fire. None of the newsworthy material at the conference got any coverage, and
the lessons on self defense that O'Mara delivered were among the least relevant from a timeliness
perspective, though from an informational standpoint, the public is almost perfectly ignorant of the
extremely valuable information Mr. O'Mara covered. None of it got airtime.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

O'Mara noted that he couldn't comment on the case itself or he would have to give up his license to practice law, so the "news" crews showed up essentially for nothing. He did point out that those of us in the audience who have already concluded how the case should be decided were idiots (my word, not even remotely his) because they could only be right by coincidence, since as the lead attorney on the case he was just beginning the process and he didn't know.

In his opinion, the case is bad for the nation, because whichever way the case is settled, half the nation will be dissatisfied, and if the past is any gauge, it could lead to riots and bad juju (my word, not his). The media coverage, he felt, was a disgrace, but par for the course. The media's focus on stand-your-ground laws, for example, was completely misplaced because they have little or nothing to do with the case. At first such things never even came up. I had made that point when I first heard about it. The media latched on to this point out of thin air somehow, and the spin then just spun out of control. Now it's part of the nation dialog and is not likely to go back to normal.

George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara,
at the 2012 Gun Rights Policy Conference in
Orlando, Florida

What he did discuss, and brilliantly I thought, was an examination of precisely how self-defense law works, and it seemed to me like the audience needed this. Most people have a gross misunderstanding of when they can shoot, what the repercussions are, and how it will affect you. Mark's command of the subject was superb, and his ability to communicate it was flawless.

If you ever need a lawyer, don't tell the responding cops, "I want a lawyer," expecting the people who arrive to arrest you and see you convicted to handle your defense. Instead, call this guy or someone like him. And prepare to empty all your bank accounts, that's just the nature of the game. The Zimmerman trial begins in the middle of 2013, not because they'll be sitting still, but because the preparations take that long (the Trayvon assault took place eight months ago). You don't understand how it can take so long? Like I said, most people have no clue how all this works. And you get to sit in jail while these wheels of justice grind. Even if you're innocent.


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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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