Welcome To Florida!
An email from a friend turned out to be a warning from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence that Florida’s legislature passed a “Shoot First” gun law. The law allows people who feel threatened by someone to shoot before making an attempt to flee or otherwise avoid violence. The Brady group is launching a campaign to increase awareness of this “wild west” attitude endorsed by a sitting legislature.
The word is getting out all over the country and the world, with tourists eyeballing the new law with trepidation.
But wait, it gets even better. The NRA is looking to export this horrendous policy to all fifty states. Missourians can look forward to more bellicosity from the gun lobby soon.
First, concealed carry—defeated at Missouri’s polls but endorsed by the Radical Republican legislature, and now “Shoot First.” Deadly force shouldn’t be the first recourse a reasonable and responsible citizen turns to.
Case in point: One Sunday morning, I awoke to the sound of my back door opening and closing. A quick check of my family member’s bedrooms showed I was the only one up. Thinking the door accidentally left open, I went to check on it, but picked up my baton on the way “just in case.”
As it turned out, a confused traveler was the intruder. He left in a hurry upon finding he’d picked the wrong door, thinking our home his sister’s, and apologized for the error. No force was needed, not even my baton.
If I used deadly force as a first resort, as allowed under this type of law, a simple mistake could have cost him his life, and cost me my conscience.
The NRA is really getting out of touch with rationality and mainstream America. Check out their “Black List” of people, businesses, and groups at http://www.nrablacklist.com/ .