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“Chicago”/Zimmerman-Omara song of the day: “WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN!”

CHICAGO FLORIDA WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN

“WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN”

(Altered just slightly to fit the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case. Frightening how almost identical the two scenarios are. )

[REPORTERS]

Where’d you come from?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Virginia

[REPORTERS]

And your parents?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Middle class.

 [REPORTERS]

Where are they now?

 (OMARA (as George)]

Sanford, Florida.

 [MARK OMARA]

But he was granted one more start

[OMARA (as George)]

Attending catholic school!

 [REPORTERS]

When’d you get here?

[OMARA (as George)]

2003

[REPORTERS]

How old were you?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Don’t remember

[REPORTERS]

Then what happened?

 [OMARA  (as George)]

I joined the neighborhood watch,

Convinced I would be a cop one day

[PRESS (spoken)]

A catholic boy! A cop wannabe!

oh, it’s too terrible. You poor, poor dear.

[REPORTERS]

Who’s Trayvon Martin?

[OMARA (as George)]

An unknown  boy.

 [REPORTERS]

Why’d you shoot him?

[OMARA (as George)]

I was suspicious.

 [REPORTERS]

Was he  angry?

[OMARA (as George)]

Like a madman

Still I said, “Trayvon, move along.”

 [OMARA]

George knew that he was doin’ wrong.

 [REPORTERS]

Then describe it.

[OMARA  (as George)]

He came toward me.

 [REPORTERS]

With a pistol?

[OMARA (as George)]

From my waistband.

 [REPORTERS]

Did you fight him?

[OMARA (as George)]

Like a tiger.

 [MARK OMARA]

Trayvon had strength and George had none.

[OMARA (as George)]

And yet we both reached for the gun

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes we both

Oh yes we both

Oh yes, we both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Oh yes, we both reached for the gun

For the gun.

 [OMARA AND REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun,

Oh yes, they both reached for the gun

For the gun.

[OMARA]

Understandable. understandable

Yes, it’s perfectly understandable

Defensible. Defensible

Not a bit reprehensible

It’s so defensible!

 [REPORTERS]

How’re you feeling?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Very frightened

[REPORTERS]

Are you sorry?

[GEORGE]

Are you kidding?

[REPORTERS]

What’s you’re statement?

[OMARA (as George)]

All I’d say is

Though my choo-choo jumped the track

I’d give my life to bring him back

 [REPORTERS]

And?

[OMARA (as George)]

Stay away from

 [REPORTERS]

What?

[OMARA  (as George)]

Guns and skittles

 [REPORTERS]

And?

[OMARA (as George)]

And the boys who

[REPORTERS]

What?

 [OMARA (as George)]

Wear a hoodie who run

[REPORTERS]

And what?

[OMARA (as George)]

That’s the thought that

[REPORTERS]

Yeah?…

[OMARA (as George)]

Came upon me

[REPORTERS]

When?

 [OMARA (as George)]

When we both reached for the gun!

[FLORIDA PRESS]

Understandable, understandable

[OMARA AND FLORIDA PRESS]

Yes, it’s perfectly understandable

Comprehensible, comprehensible

Not a bit reprehensible

It’s soooo defensible!

[OMARA (spoken)]

Let me

Hear it!

[REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun,

The gun

Oh yes, they both reached

For the gun

 [OMARA (spoken)]

A little louder!

[REPORTERS]

For the Gun.

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached

For the gun, the gun,

[OMARA (spoken)]

Now you got it!

[REPORTERS]

The gun, the gun

Oh yes. They both reached

For the gun

For the gun.

[OMARA AND REPORTERS]

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Oh yes, they both reached for the gun.

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both

Oh yes, they both

Oh yes, reached for

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

[OMARA]

Both reached for the…gun

[REPORTERS]

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun

Both reached for the gun.

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