Random Observations on Movies & Politics From Florida - land of the 2000 recount ... Elian Gonzalez ... Terri Schiavo ... and the President's br
April 7, 2005
From Florida - land of the 2000 recount ... Elian Gonzalez ... Terri Schiavo ... and the President's brother Jeb - comes this story: "Florida NRA Bill Would Allow People To Kill Others In Public"

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he intends to sign a bill that would allow people who feel threatened -- even on the street or at a baseball game -- to "meet force with force" and defend themselves without fear of prosecution.

The bill would make a significant change in Florida law. Previously "people attacked anywhere else [were] supposed to do what they can to avoid escalating the situation and can use deadly force only after they've tried to retreat." Now with this new law, apparently, people would be under no obligation to look for ways to avoid the conflict. "The bill said a person has 'the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so, to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.' " In other words ...Florida will become like the wild West, as it will be perfectly legal to shoot first and ask questions later.

Actually, when you think about it, wasn't that essentially George W. Bush's approach to Iraq?

 

Rep. Tom Cole keeping his eyes on the prize

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Somebody cue up a mournful, yet optimistic, spiritual, because the Republicans think they're marching on Selma with their harebrained Social Security privatization scheme. Here's what Republican Rep. Tom Cole had to say recently:



The bill would make a significant change in Florida law. Previously "people attacked anywhere else [were] supposed to do what they can to avoid escalating the situation and can use deadly force only after they've tried to retreat." Now with this new law, apparently, people would be under no obligation to look for ways to avoid the conflict. "The bill said a person has 'the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so, to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.' " In other words ...Florida will become like the wild West, as it will be perfectly legal to shoot first and ask questions later.

Actually, when you think about it, wasn't that essentially George W. Bush's approach to Iraq?

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