What a waste! One honorable young man dies in our country's unnecessary involvement in Iraq where we don't belong. The other, a dishonest young man thumbing his nose at the world, is killed in an unnecessary fight with a neighborhood watch volunteer. Pray for the repose of both their souls.
And pray that our country commits to strengthening the family. It's pretty clear the difference between these two young men. Jaron Holliday grew up in an intact family with a mom and dad and lots of siblings. Trayvon Martin was the troubled child of divorce who was visiting the home of his dad's girlfriend when the shooting occurred. These days we rarely hear any defense of the intact nuclear family, but the greatest predictor of a kid staying out of trouble is having both a dad and mom in the home. Studies show that kids do best in an intact family. The most constructive thing government can do for kids is to develop policies that promote families staying together.