josh (joshc) wrote,

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dissolve the union watch: florida

Florida, fearing that it was losing its place as most embarrassing state in the union has enacted a "shoot first" / "stand your ground" law:
"Thinking about a Florida vacation?" the advertisement asks. "A new law in the Sunshine State authorizes nervous or frightened residents to use deadly force." . . . The law gives broad legal protections to a person who is attacked not only at home, but "any other place where he or she has a right to be," and removes a common-law duty to retreat in the face of attack. A person being attacked will have "the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force," not only at home but in public places. [sptimes]
This turns the whole state into something of a Wild West tourist attraction, doesn't it?

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