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It's a good idea to behave here, too

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Libertyteeth, Oct 12, 2005.

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  1. Libertyteeth

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    Great editorial from the Missoulian, Missoula, Montana.


    Link: http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2005/10/10/opinion/opinion2.txt

    *It's a good idea to behave here, too* - Monday, October 10, 2005

    SUMMARY: Anti-gun group parodies itself with hyperbolic warnings.

    An anti-gun group, unhappy about a new Florida law bolstering people's right
    to defend themselves against attack, issued a warning to tourists arriving
    in the Sunshine State last week:

    "Do not argue unnecessarily with local people," warned the Brady Campaign to
    Prevent Gun Violence.

    The implication is that Floridians might just fill their argumentative
    visitors with lead.

    "If someone appears to be angry with you, maintain to the best of your
    ability a positive attitude and do not shout or make threatening gestures,"
    the Brady Campaign literature adds.

    What are they saying? That tourists shouldn't be obnoxious or shout and make
    threatening gestures to the locals? This is supposed to be an argument
    AGAINST guns?

    Boy, howdy, if an irrational fear of guns is the only thing that keeps mean,
    threatening people from harassing others, pass the ammunition!

    What, exactly, is this new law that causes anti-gun folks to preach good
    manners? It's legislation that took effect Oct. 1 clarifying people's right
    to defend themselves at the moment of attack. The law frees victims of
    attack from attempting to flee the situation before fighting for their
    lives. Someone who faces a deadly attack may shoot the assailant so long as
    the attack occurs in a place the victims is legally entitled to be. That is,
    a woman would enjoy criminal and civil immunity if she shot a guy who pulled
    a knife on her at a bus stop, but would be in trouble if the shooting took
    place inside a house she had broken into. Critics say this will encourage
    people to shoot first, ask questions later, but that comically trivializes
    the fundamental human right of self-defense. The Florida law doesn't give
    anyone the right to shoot anyone who doesn't need shooting.

    Similar legislation was proposed in Montana earlier this year but died in
    the House of Representatives. House Bill 693 included a provision saying, "a
    person threatened with bodily injury or loss of life has no duty to summon
    law enforcement assistance prior to acting in self-defense or to retreat
    from the threat."

    Although Montana's HB693 failed to pass (expect to see some version of it
    back in 2007), we hasten to point out that this state is bristling with
    firearms and there isn't a jury in the land that would convict anyone for
    righteously using one to protect life and limb - even if he or she hadn't
    first tried to outrun the attacker or taken several minutes to find a phone
    and dial 9-1-1.

    So, when the Brady Campaign finishes in Florida, perhaps we can get them to
    remind visitors to Big Sky Country to behave themselves, too.

    Copyright © 2005 Missoulian, a division of Lee Enterprises.
     
  2. M-Rex

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    Man, I love that state.

    Go Montana!
     
  3. waterhouse

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    can I get an Amen :D
     
  4. Rezin

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    Man, can they come to PA? I'd love some folks to pass out anti-idiot warnings to the folks around here!!!
     
  5. HighVelocity

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    Amen!
     
  6. mbs357

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    Amen, sir!

    That SAME exact thought had been on my mind, for some reason never said anything about it.
    But that's exactly what I want to say.
    "Are they saying the should threaten and yell/argue at/with citizens before?"
     
  7. AirForceShooter

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    Florida!!
    An armed society is a polite society.
    We don't even honk our horns.

    AFS
     
  8. modifiedbrowning

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    Gotta love Big Sky country.
     
  9. redneck2

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    +1
     
  10. Maddock

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    Bravo!
     
  11. DRZinn

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    Good to see someone gets it.
     
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