Howard Nemerov may be on to something. In his article Gun Control: No Illusion Without Collusion, he outlines Brady Campaign activities intended to scare tourons (my neologism for intellectually under-developed tourists) in Florida:
Visitors were responding to the interviewer after being greeted by the Brady Campaign as they disembarked and given a leaflet advising them to avoid confrontational behavior with the locals, as they are allegedly armed and out of control.
“Do not argue unnecessarily with local people,” it says. “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.” From flyer entitled “An Important Notice to Florida Visitors” from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Far from being the end of life as we know it, Florida’s SB 436:
Creates “a presumption that a person acts with the intent to use force or violence under specified circumstances.”
States that “a person has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be and the force is necessary to prevent death, great bodily harm, or the commission of a forcible felony.”
Provides “immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for using deadly force” if the above two conditions are met within the definition of the law.
This means that if you have the right to be where you are, and you are attacked, it is reasonable to believe that the person attacking you means you harm, and you have the right to protect yourself. If these two conditions are met, you can defend yourself with force, and if you kill the predator, his family cannot continue the assault by suing you for wrongful death. Florida law has become common sense: all resulting consequences reside with the attacker.
Seems pretty common sense, to me. Robert A. Heinlein once wrote, “An armed society is a polite society.” One is always free to choose between Heinlein’s reality or Brady’s illusion.
And speaking of illusions, don’t forget to check outof editorial excrement.