If you wanted to sum up the absurdity of the anti-gun zealots, you could easily use this awful, thoughtless piece by Carl Hiaasen, who apparently does not let facts get in the way of his emotionalistic arguments
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the state Legislature to fix Florida’s cockeyed stand-your-ground law. The National Rifle Association owns too many of the Republican lawmakers who could end the madness.
Nothing will get done as long as black kids are the ones getting shot by white guys claiming they acted in self-defense. What might eventually pressure politicians to change the law is when white guys start getting shot.
Well, baselessly blaming the NRA and playing the worn out Race Card did not take too long did it? Good grief, do these Liberal gun grabbers EVER think? Frankly you could get better critical thinking and far more intellectual substance from a vacuum cleaner.
The jaw-dropping verdict in the Michael Dunn case in Jacksonville brought not a peep of outrage from GOP leaders in the House or Senate. The outcome shamefully underscored the lunacy of stand-your-ground, and once again put Florida in the national spotlight as a gun-nut mecca.
Oh no, GUN NUTS! Run for your lives! Another intellectually bankrupt Liberal is having a panic attack. I wonder if Hiaasen ever thought, a silly question I know, that maybe Dunn was not convicted on First Degree Murder charge because the prosecution overreached by bringing such a charge? Frankly, I, and every other gun owner, or gun nut as Hiaasen would label us, think that Dunn SHOULD be going to prison? Hear that Mr. Hiaasen?
The sticking point was Florida’s spongy self-defense law that essentially allows the use of lethal force if a person feels threatened. True or not, practically anybody who shoots another person can say they feared for their lives. Self-defense claims in homicides have skyrocketed since 2005, when the stand-your-ground was passed.
I wonder what the color of the grass is in this man’s world? If a person feels their life is in danger why should they NOT be allowed to defend their life? How man hoops would Hiaasen force us to jump through before we used deadly force? Now, allow me to be very clear here. If I am awakened in the night by my dogs going crazy and I hear someone in my home I will defend my home, myself, and family as long as that threat is there. If that person runs back out my door when confronted I am not going to chase them. If they, however, continue to threaten me, then I will do my best to stop that threat. The same rule applies if I am confronted on the street, in my car, leaving a restaurant, whatever. For Hiaasen to suggest, in any way that a law that allows me that basic right is misguided is insulting and shows that Hiaasen does not understand liberty.
One more point needs to be made here. The reason more justifiable homicides are occurring is that more Floridians are able, by law to defend their lives. Again, what would Hiaasen have an intended victim do? Maybe he would feel better if they were prohibited from defending themselves? Lord knows he does seem to be obsessed with his feelings.
Hiaasen goes on to make more wild accusations, suggesting gun owners are running wild in Florida gunning down people left and right
This is life in Florida — guns everywhere, and laws that favor the trigger- happy. Shoot first, then cry self-defense.
Kids playing rap music too loud? Lock and load. Some guy texting at the movies? Teach him some manners.
Don’t walk away from an argument when you can end it with a bullet. Stand your ground and hope you get the right jury.
Welcome to Planet NRA.
More factually challenged pabulum from Hiaasen. I do love that he does what Liberals always do. He pretends that anyone can always just “walk away” no matter the situation. And of course, that no armed person could ever argue without shooting someone. Because, I suspect that in Hiaasen’s mind, self-defense, if you use a gun, is somehow never OK. Good grief!