“This is illustrative of the problems that exist with the ‘stand your ground’ legislation in that law enforcement is actively discouraged from making an arrest or a charge under situations where you don’t really know everything that might be involved,” Cervone said. “It may play out to be a completely legitimate use of force, or it may not.”
via Teen shot by grandfather, investigators say | Gainesville.com.
I want you to read that again. The Prosecutor in the case is apparently pissed because SYG will not let them arrest anybody they want even if they do not have the evidence to do so or even if there is evidence but they feel like an arrest should be made for whatever reasons they deem necessary.
If you live in Florida and you are not starting to feel a bit scared about your legal safety as handled by the State, you should start thinking otherwise.
Hat Tip to Robert Evans.
A Detroit gun owner shot and killed an intruder who, along with an accomplice, tried to break into his home on Thursday. The second intruder managed to escape with his life and is currently being hunted by police.
via Police Say This Gun Owner Just Sent a Deadly Message to Detroit Criminals | TheBlaze.com.
This makes like the 5th or 6th story with a happy ending for Law Abiding Citizens in Detroit in the last two or three weeks. A person’s home is his/her castle and they have the absolute right to defend it against those who want to prey on them…or try if the homeowner is armed. Castle Doctrine just makes sense.
Yet in the Florida Legislature, there are a couple of bills (SB 116 & HB 4003) that would mandate Duty to Retreat even in your own dwelling. Why would anybody think that basically giving criminals free access to private home is a good idea is beyond me. The best I can imagine is that the originators of the bill have an insatiable thirst for blood and more government control. The good news is that HB 4003 has already been given an unfavorable vote by the Criminal Justice Subcommittee in the tune of 11 to 2. Let’s hope SB 116 meets the same faith.
As for Detroit, let’s hope that the whinny heads of the city do not succumb to the temptation of canning the chief if some of those exalted individuals concerned for the rights of felons start complaining about their sacred right to sustain their meth and heroin habit with the property taken out of homes not of their own.
I am still mulling Michael Bane’s latest podcast about the 800 pound gorilla that is the situation with Connecticut. One of the things that I concur with him is that there is a lot of folks on the sidelines cheering for the mass arrests and/or killing of Gun Owners and that is not a healthy thing for a country.
Of course, their talk is propelled by the fact they think they are above any consequence if things go south. They are not the ones that will be on either side of the door being kicked down so they think they are safe. They love to have some “morcilla” (blood sausage) but they do not want to dirty their pretty hands mixing the ingredients or cranking the grinder.
If you Google “why are anti gunners so violent” you get almost 7 million hits. From demanding that bounties be put on our heads to the death of our families to send us to camps to summary executions and all the gamut in between is fair play according to those pushing for the final solution to Gun Control. And I am not talking some two-bit hipster posting a raving reply while having a croissant at the local Panera, but heads of organized Gun Control organizations. In a world where somebody on our side gets tagged as dangerous and terrorist by the Southern Poverty Law Center if we tell anybody Molon Labe, the same rules apparently do not apply to those who are on the side of fewer Rights for the individual and they can get away with wishing us to re-education camps.
I fear that if it comes to showdown, the casualty list will reach far beyond those on either side of the door. There is a stack of bills long overdue and only the smallest amount of reason is holding the collection services. And trying to hide behind the First Amendment will have the same power as giving the Nuremberg Defense: remember, Tokio Rose paid the piper. Aiding and abetting the extermination of your fellow citizens will not be easily swept under the rug.
And my brain keeps coming back to this scene from Band of Brothers “Why we fight.”
Webster: Shut up you Nazi fuck!
Baker: (in German) I’m not a Nazi!
Webster: Not a Nazi, sorry my mistake you fat fucking prick, what about a human being? Are you one of those? Or are you going to tell me you’ve never smelled the fucking stench!
When you click away in the interwebs without rhyme or reason, you are bound to find some interesting stuff.
On September 18, 1926, a category 4 hurricane struck South Florida dead on. After the event was over, “372 persons had died in the storm and over 6,000 persons were injured. Damages in 1926 dollars were estimated at $105 million, [which would be more than $100 billion in today's dollar]” according to the Red Cross report of October of the same year.
Miami and the surrounding areas were young back then. The city was incorporated barely 30 years before and was still a mixture of agricultural land and escape destination for the rich of the times. Both got pretty much banged by an estimated 140 mph wind.
Experience with hurricanes, specially big ones was nonexistent. It is said that the biggest loss of life happened when the eye of the hurricane passed over Miami and people flocked to the street unaware that they were only halfway through the experience.
The National Weather Service has a very decent page with the historical records including the actual weather bureau report of the hurricane and pictures like the ones I posted here.