Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Meet Force With Force in Florida

Florida approves ‘force with force’ measure and I rejoice. Of course, not everyone does. In addition to the MSNBC article, The New York Times and The Seattle Times give gun-hating morons who prefer victimization plenty of space to have their say.

All this law says is that when faced with criminal force, you have the right (if you like) to stand your ground; unlike so many other places where you are required to either run away or submit to the will of criminals. You can still be a pussy if that's your nature, you're just not required to be.

But to hear the Sarah Brady's of the world tell it, this will result in daily wild-west shootouts. Every little dispute will result in battles royal with stray bullets hitting babies and grandmothers left and right!

Martin Dyckman of the St. Petersburg Times told tourists, a bedrock of the state's economy, to stay away: "Lebanon might be safer." (ref)

Of course, I side with the lawmakers who passed this legislation. It will simply deter crime by forcing criminals to consider whether their intended victim is likely to pull out a hand cannon and open fire; the odds of which, just went up.


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