Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The sky is falling!

(Via The High Road)

One of the scribes for Time magazine thinks the recent Florida bill clarifying/expanding a citizen's right to self-defense is a Bad Thing.

Apparently Michelle Cottle's parents tried to give her good upbringing, since she points out that

I grew up surrounded by firearms and the boys who loved them. My father is a bona fide hunting nut who threatened to buy my son a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association for his first birthday. I myself have mowed down a variety of defenseless woodland creatures. I used to be a decent shot with a pistol, and once during the Clinton years, I spearheaded an outing of lefty political scribes for a round of skeet shooting.

Well, either it didn't take or she's just trying to create some bona fides for herself, since shortly after a lengthy quotation apparently from the legislation itself:

The law decrees that a person under attack "has no duty to retreat and 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 or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

She spouts the typical Liberal lunacy that

I can picture a stressed-out Tampa soccer mom drawing a bead on an approaching panhandler and shrieking, "Go ahead, make my day!"

Which is shortly followed by

Some drunk spoiling for a fight at your favorite bar? Don't "retreat" to another barstool. Flash the .44 Magnum in your shoulder holster and ask the punk if he feels lucky.

Those of us who have any understanding, however brief, of the laws governing self-defense in general know that either of the above scenarios, whether in Florida, my native North Carolina or Alaska are going to get you in hot water with the local authorities. We also recognize these sorts of examples as the sort of nonsense that the antis spout whenever there is any pro-gun or pro-self-defense legislation passed.

Predictably, there is also some NRA and Republican bashing, along with a lament for the late AWB.

However, this piece of "journalism" brings to mind last night's conversation with a good friend, where the topic turned to the new Florida law. He opined that the reason the antis are so upset by this is that Florida led the way on shall issue concealed carry permits, and they're afraid that this law will be a repeat.

"With all the non-existent gunfights in the streets, shootings over parking places, etc. that we're all still waiting for." I replied.

Of course, he hit the nail on the head:

A triumphant N.R.A. has vowed to get "stand your ground" laws passed in every state. "We will start with red and move to blue," LaPierre has declared, adding ominously, "Politicians are putting their career in jeopardy if they oppose this type of bill."

Gee, I guess it's a Bad Thing if a lobbying group the antis don't like decides to push legislation their members support, or a politician gets voted out because his constituents think he doesn't represent them properly.

I don't think so, but I guess Liberal Land is a different place. All the evidence points to it.

Grandpa, go ahead and get that kid the NRA membership--you may still be able to save him.

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