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Victim in Pasco hate crime had gun, decided not to use it (Tampa Bay Times)

This story was in my newspaper today and I had to share it with you all because it inspired me so much. This man had every justification that has ever been given for Florida’s “stand your ground” law. He and his girlfriend were attacked by a a violent, racist, person who shot them, causing injuries that require surgery-but he chose in that intense and frightening moment to consider the attacker’s future, to choose love, compassion and patience over “self defense” and violence.
To me, this man and others who have the courage to make such choices in such intense situations are living the 5d world we all wish for and discuss. To me they are showing us all the courage and the love it takes to move beyond limiting low-vibration negativity, fear and hate while still living in and experiencing the worst of it.

I hope this story goes viral and people wake up and realize that it is NOT the bad guys *making* us live in fear and hate, it is OUR CHOICE in every moment.

Every moment brings the possibility to make a better choice!

Victim in Pasco hate crime had gun, decided not to use it
By Alex Orlando and Erin Sullivan, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cameron Mohammed stood there in the Walmart parking lot, blood spouting from his head and his neck, his hand on his gun, while he watched the man who had just shot him dash into the night.

The opportunities for self defense or vengeance were plenty. He could have pulled out the .45-caliber Taurus pistol right then and put a bullet in his assailant. He could have done so when Daniel Quinnell craned his gun at point-blank range and squeezed the trigger for the first of 20 times. Or even before the attack, when deputies say Quinnell approached Mohammed and his girlfriend from behind, yelling racial epithets. Any of those instances would have been defensible in court.

But Mohammed, 24, kept his gun in the holster. Because his attacker used a pellet gun. Mohammed’s was real.

“I don’t know. I just couldn’t do it,” Mohammed said, recovering at his Tampa home two days after the attack. “I couldn’t blow this guy away for something he could change later in life. I’m not going to decide this man’s fate.”

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