The bill is FOR self-defense when you feel THREATENED! So if you blow the guy away that is stealing your car... you'll get in trouble, because stealing your car isn't threatening you nor is it in self defense if you splatter his brains.
It wasn’t the best example I admit, but I was trying to highlight the ambiguity of the term ‘threatening’. Classifying something as threatening seems very open to interpretation.
That was until I read the actual Bill, which says…
You can shoot if there is a ‘presumption that a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm exists.’ Which does make a lot more sense, and what I said it should say in the first place. The article comes across as a little misleading.
"Florida state law prohibits all felons from possessing a firearm"
Does anyone else see the paradox in that quote?
Here's a question. Why is it the business of anyone who doesn't live in Fla or this country?
Well XNavyGunner, This is a 'discussion' board; anyone is free to share their opinions and ideas on any area they feel like, regardless if it is in their State, region or country. Things would be a little bland otherwise, wouldn't you agree? While this law may not directly affect most of us doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the implications of introducing it.
Edited by Tommy, 09 October 2005 - 03:06 AM.
"Superstition created all the gods and angels, all the devils and ghosts, all the witches, demons and goblins, gave us all the augurs, soothsayers and prophets, filled the heavens with signs and wonders, broke the chain of cause and effect, and wrote the history of man in miracles and lies" ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
I am a Florida resident and I have mixed feelings about this law. I do feel that one should have a right to defend hisself and his property. Unfortunately, you will have that small group of people who will take advantage of this new law and cause problems. However, if someone wants to shoot you bad enough, they will find the means no matter what the law says. Only now they will have a better chance of not getting incarcerated for it. I really don't see where this law will make much of a difference for the average law-abiding Floridian. I don't think tourists will have many problems with this - they are our moneymakers. The majority of Floridians welcome tourists and go out of our way to make them feel at home. The areas that will most likely have problems will be the inner city crime areas that already have enormous problems anyhow - areas where tourists don't go anyway.
It amuses me to see how the European socialists view our rights to defend ourselves. Lets review, Sweden, with it's restrictive gun laws, had a gun homicide/suicide rate of 11.58 per 100,000 people in '94, the US rate was 1.85 per 100,000. What does this tell you? Gun control, aside from being an affront to ones basic rights, plainly doesn't work. People can never seem to understand that just because one owns a gun, doesn't turn them into a raving maniac. Gun control NEVER taken a gun from a criminal, it ONLY effects those citizens who have respect for the laws. So, to hear the Europeans consider us barbarians because we don't blindly follow along in the socialist or communist ways of right restrictions makes me laugh.
I love when they call all the socialist "comunist"......anything that isnt liberal free capitalist is "comunist". Its adorable ...soo 50´s ....
I´m an evil pinko UN slave liberal commie
I don't think any of these "The Vague Society of Nebulous Meanies are going to take over the world and light up a planet" theories worry too much about practical considerations like that. It's all about rousing ill-informed, paranoiac fear, not making sense.