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September 29, 2005

Come Visit the Sunshine State and Get Shot At

A gun control group has a new ad campaign that alerts unsuspecting tourists that nervous and frightened residents might shoot them while they are visiting Florida.

"Thinking about a Florida vacation?" the advertisement asks. "A new
law in the Sunshine State authorizes nervous or frightened residents to
use deadly force."

Ads, fliers, billboards and a Web site are part of a campaign by a
national gun control group to warn visitors about Florida's "Stand Your
Ground" law that takes effect Saturday.

The law gives broad legal protections to a person who is attacked not
only at home, but "any other place where he or she has a right to be,"
and removes a common-law duty to retreat in the face of attack. A
person being attacked will have "the right to stand his or her ground
and meet force with force," not only at home but in public places.

The law also gives the shooter immunity from criminal and civil charges
unless the victim is a police officer.


[...]

As if to make up for lost time, the Brady group will hire people to
hand out leaflets at Miami International Airport about "Florida's Shoot
First Law." Hamm said temporary workers, not pro-gun control political
activists, will be paid to pass out fliers in English and Spanish.

"Do not argue unnecessarily with local people," the flier states. "If you
are involved in a traffic accident or near-miss, remain in your car and
keep your hands in plain sight. ... We want your visit to be safe and
positive. Please remember that each of us has a great deal of ability to
prevent angry confrontations."


Sure makes ya re-think that Florida vacation, huh? Write Jeb Bush or your legislator a little love note suggesting he or she support repeal of this silly law. As you can see, it might be detrimental the tourism industry.

5 Comments:

  • At September 29, 2005, Anonymous Gordon said…

    I like guns. I think FL did OK with their "shall issue" carry permits, but this one goes too far. A lot of people will get "scared" and someone's gonna get killed.

     
  • At September 29, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    motor oil, feathers, guns...

    that doesn't surprise me that you like guns, gordon..

    I'm a fan of the second amendment too, only it seems when guns might really be necessary, like in New Orleans right after Katrina, they put the second amendment on hold. Go figure.

     
  • At September 30, 2005, Blogger Gordon said…

    The authorities are scared of the people. They'd much rather draw a chalk outline of your body than let you defend yourself or prevent crime with a handgun. If people find out they can actually protect themselves without help from the gummint, the question might be raised, "What do we need meddling bureaucrats for anyway?"

     
  • At October 01, 2005, Blogger sideshow bob said…

    I am so going to shoot that loser in the Goofy costume next time I'm visiting America's Wang...er, I mean, Florida.

     
  • At October 04, 2005, Blogger Northern Pike said…

    Now now children. Thanks to our governor, not only does mommy get to care for all those people with broken skulls and mashed brains due to the "No Helmet Law", now there can be a lot more booboos from bullet holes that I can kiss and make better. Now isn't that nice of our governor to ensure mommy's job security?

     

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