Friday, September 30, 2005

The Brady Bunch lies again

Never content to tell the truth, The Brady Bunch (known in liberal reality as "The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence" ) has once again chosen to lie to the public about guns and gun laws with their shootfirst.org web site.

Here's the one piece of actual, verifiable fact that I could find:

The new Florida Shoot First law eliminates the duty to retreat and allows a person not engaged in unlawful activity who is attacked in a public place to "stand his or her ground" and use 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 to another person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

The Freeholder heartily approves of this idea. A law-abiding citizen should have the option of deadly force when it's necessary. Come on now, say it with me...

An armed society is a polite society.

This is not because every little slight is going to turn into a gunfight. When Robert A. Heinlein wrote this simple phrase, I believe he had in mind far more than a return to the code duello. I believe that he had in mind a polite society, where anyone could take a walk at night without worrying that one of the local ner-do-wells would decide they looked like prey.

The Freeholder would like to see his home state of North Carolina enact similar legislation (along with a law to straighten out the various oddball places where one is on a legislated gun-free zone, such as bank ATMs). The Freeholder would really like to see every state, including the People's Republics of California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Illinois, enact similar legislation. Just put it in place for 5 years with a sunset clause which takes effect if crime does not decrease by, say, 15% overall.

The Brady Bunch has been wrong every time they've prognosticated, and they're wrong this time. I hope their campaign, designed to scare tourists away from Florida, backfires and hundreds of thousands of gun-owning people take a trip south to the Sunshine State.

I have reason to travel to the Orlando area in mid-October. Any gun shops I should be sure I visit?

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