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07 April 2005 @ 07:25 pm
Floridans now legally able to shoot people for lookin' at 'em funny-like  
Well, not quite yet. But the Florida legislature just passed a law giving Floridians the right to shoot anyone they perceive as a threat, and Jeb Bush intends to sign it. Under existing law, citizens must attempt to resolve a conflict peacefully or flee before being legally able to use force when threatened in public (they can already shoot to kill if their property is invaded).

Not surprisingly, the bill was supported by the NRA.
 
 
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wanderingbhikkhwanderingbhikkh on April 8th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Wow.
Deathstalkerdeathstalkeriam on April 8th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
Not surprisingly, the bill was supported by the NRA.

Doesn't suprise me either, but I have the feeling this is going to backfire on their position.

What's going to happen is someone is going to kill someone, and then claim this law and defense. Repeatedly.

1) It will generate resentment against the NRA and/or the Republicans who passed it.
2) It will backlash, and call for more gun registration/control.
3) There will be completely innocent people killed, feeding #1
4) It will be more difficult to prosecute people who do intentionally murder people.

See, I really don't have much against gun ownership, even fully automatic weapons, anti-vehicle weapons and such. What I have a problem with is people not taking responsibility for owning and, if they do, using them. This law just seems (from the linked description I read) to be a cop out. Hurr Hurr Hurr, we can use our guns.

GRRR
Starline Xiomara Hodge: Azumanga- Death By Stabbingstarline on April 8th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
Bang bang.
Danielle Dailey: Offahisassbeeyotch!danihana on April 8th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
O.O

I don't know if I'll be visiting my grandparents anymore.
(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
"A law giving Floridians the right to shoot anyone they perceive as a threat"</a>

Man, Castro better be careful.

Hey Gwalla, s'up?

-william G
(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Man, I sure screwed that formatting up...

-William G
gwalla: lon chaneygwalla on April 12th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Hey William! What brings you to LiveJournal?
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Somehow egosurfing brought me here.

Small web, huh?
-William G