New Dodge City
Culture of life, our fuzzy ass, is all the Peach can manage to say at the moment. The Australian is reporting that in Florida, Governor Jeb Bush will be signing into law a bill that permits citizens to "meet force with force" when encountering conflicts in public places without fear of prosecution. Notes the article, "the bill wipes from law what had been commonly described as a person's 'duty to retreat' from a confrontation.
Dubbed the "Kill Bill," the new legislation is heavily backed by those champions of vigilantism, the NRA, which refers to it coyly as a "personal protection" law.
At the potential spectacle of Floridians blithely (and lawfully) gunning one another down in bars, on streets and on the road, Governor Bush's spokesman said (apparently with a straight face), "Our crime rate's dropping, and it's because of measures that allow people to protect themselves."
So let's see if the Peach understands. It will now be legal in Florida to settle an argument by shooting your opponent, and as long as you didn't start the argument, you haven't committed any crime. So ergo, the crime rate -- for that particular crime anyway -- will go down. Because, see, it's not a crime anymore. We get it. We think.