Friday, September 30, 2005

Stupid Euros panic at Floridians' right to self-defense

Leave it to the Euros to completely overreact and be wrong about Florida's new self-defense law. In short, the new law does away with the fatally flawed liberal approach of giving the criminal your belongings (or kids) and running away, or waiting on a "reliable" government agency to help you out (worked well in New Orleans, didn't it?). Instead, it gives citizens the right to defend themselves, with deadly force if necessary, against threats to themselves or their family/friends. Oh, the horror!!

Anyway, gun-controlling Euroweenie reaction and misrepresentation story here:
"Warning: Florida residents can use deadly force," says one of the adverts. Another reads: "Thinking about a Florida vacation? Please ensure your family is safe. In Florida, avoid disputes. Use special caution in arguing with motorists on Florida roads."
Well hell, road rage is certainly common here and in other countries. It's also illegal, and was just as illegal before this new Florida self-defense law came into existence. Road rage shootings aren't going to increase because of this stupid to think it will! If Euros want to insure their families will be safe in Florida, then don't try to commit an act of crime while here! It's that damned simple! Maybe Florida should run ads that read as follows:

"Warning: you are welcome to come to Florida, as long as you obey the law and don't harm anyone! If you choose to be a violent criminal while in our state, then you choose to be a shooting range target while in our state! Commit no crime, and worry not...enjoy your visit!"

Look, if some trigger-happy Floridian shoots a tourist because the tourist is arguing with him, then said Floridian will be arrested, tried, and convicted...unless he can prove that the tourist was attempting to harm or kill him AND that shooting the tourist was the most logical, reasonable, and viable alternative. You underestimate people's intellect if you thnk the average Joe/Jane will think "Well, how else was he supposed to handle the tourist? Walk away from the argument? Hell no, shoot the bastard!" Instead, the average Joe/Jane will think "Geez, he didn't have a reasonable purpose to shoot that tourist! He needs to be locked up forever!"