There has been no shortage of commentary following yesterday's verdict. But the "it's now open season on Black boys" school of analysis reeks of a histrionic drama that just seems unlikely, while those who celebrate the acquittal as a victory for freedom and the rule of law seem only too anxious to dodge the broader questions that simply ought not to be dodged once they are planted so plainly in one's face.
I will resist the temptation to delve into interpreting the niceties of the criminal law of Florida, a jurisdiction with which I have no professional familiarity. I note, however, that most credible legal commentators had viewed this prosecution as an uphill battle from the outset.
So while critiquing everything from the performance of counsel at trial to the demeanour of the presiding judge, the quality of various jury instructions and the demography of the jury itself has been fodder for cable news and armchair legal quarterbacks alike, I suggest that is a bit of a fool's game at this point.
This is of course not a moral assessment, and this discussion can't rightfully end with the law itself.
It is fear that is behind the weakening of gun controls in the red states. It is fear that underlies the endemic racial tensions in America. And it is fear that produces the kind of criminal laws that allow the George Zimmermans of America to walk free, leaving a senseless wake of blood and tears behind them.
While it may make the NRA smile to see the market for gun manufacturers expanding so promisingly, the reality is that permissive gun laws simply make it easier for good guys and bad guys and in-the-middle guys to acquire more and more guns. Guns for the sober, guns for the drunk; guns for the many of every colour and creed. Guns for all, and the more guns the merrier.
There will always be fear. And there may always be guns.
But only the gullible will believe this new gun-happy America will make them safe.