Washington DC – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is beginning a public education effort to educate Florida tourists and potential Florida tourists that effective October 1, they face a greater risk of bodily harm within the state of Florida.
That is the date that the state’s new “Shoot First” law also known as the “Stand Your Ground” law, goes into effect.
Individuals who are unfamiliar with Florida’s roads, traffic regulations and customs, or who speak foreign languages, or look different than Florida residents, may face a higher risk of danger – because they may be more likely to be perceived as threatening by Floridians, and because they are unaware of Florida’s new law that says individual who feel their safety is threatened or their possessions are at risk are legally authorized to use deadly force.
“We think people visiting Florida should be aware of this law, and act accordingly,” said Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign. “Visitors should be very careful about getting into an aggressive argument with anyone during their stay.”
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Yeah, that’s it. Everbody knows Florida is a racially and ethnically homogeneous place where no one speaks English with an accent or looks like he comes from somewhere else. And everybody knows those Floridians will shoot you if you even look at them cross-eyed. Because unlike us they are subject to hysteria and irrational prejudices. And this new law makes the situation even worse! Because now all those hot-headed Floridians who were ready to murder you over a parking spot will get really mad or something! And by the way, please send a check to the Brady Campaign which has only your best interests at heart.
I like the response from these guys better:
CHICAGO, Oct. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ — The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
The ISRA is encouraging Illinois citizens to acquire Florida Concealed Weapons Licenses before visiting the Sunshine State. This bit of advice comes only days after Florida reformed the state’s deadly force laws to eliminate “retreat” provisions found under the former statute.
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“Florida is a wonderful vacation destination for the entire family,” said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “The Florida vacation experience is made even better when the law- abiding tourist knows that he or she can carry a defensive firearm as a means of protecting the family against robbers, rapists and murderers. Florida’s progressive views on the right of self defense are reflected in the state law that allows qualified persons from outside the state to obtain a Concealed Weapons License.”
(Related post: Here)