Friday, October 30, 2015

Throwing popcorn and texting can get you legally killed in the ‘Gunshine’ state

Good Day World!

I’m really sick of the gun nuts in this country whining about their Second Amendment rights. They have never been challenged seriously and under President Obama there hasn’t been one new gun law.

Not one. Yet the NRA keeps beating the drum…”watch out the government is coming to take you guns!” Never happened. Never will. We have the most liberal gun laws in the world.

A perfect example is the Stand Your Ground Law, Florida’s infamous creation that allows people like George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon Martin, an innocent unarmed black teenager and get away with it.

The most recent legal murder will be going to trial early next year. A 71-year-old retired police captain shot a man in a theatre for texting and throwing popcorn at him. A five-day hearing is scheduled to begin on Jan. 25

Curtis Reeves openly murdered Chad Oulson because he was irritating him. That’s the bottom line. And now his unscrupulous lawyer is invoking the Stand Your Ground Law!

With strong support from the National Rifle Association in 2005, the "gunshine state" became the first to pass a Stand Your Ground law that allows citizens to use deadly force if they fear their own harm or death.

That liberal law has become the death of many innocent unarmed citizens.

The big question is whether this lethal confrontation would have happened without the law. If Florida had not passed its law so that a person has no “duty to retreat” before using lethal force, how would Reeves have responded?

Homicide rates in states with a version of the Stand Your Ground law increased by an average of 8 percent over states without it — which translates to roughly 600 additional homicides per year.

Homicide rates in Florida increased by 8 percent from the period prior to passing the law (2000-04) to the period after the law (2006-10).By comparison, national homicide rates fell by 6 percent over the same time period.

So the next time you hear some gun nut ranting about losing his 2nd Amendment rights…remind them of the Stand Your Ground Law. The only people who are losing are people who dare to irritate a “legally” gun-packing paranoid citizen with an attitude!

Time for me to walk on down the road… 


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