It is Florida and I should have expected Florida Columnist to do his dumb thing. So Fred Grimm opened his laptop and penned this idiocy.
Not all that shocking, I suppose, coming from the state that concocted America’s first “Stand Your Ground” self-defense statute. I suppose if Florida sanctions gunning down a human if a gunman experiences a bit of trepidation, it’s not much of a leap to authorize mass iguanacide. And pity the poor geckos caught in the crossfire.
First, let’s get the legal crap out of the way: You can’t kill any animal in the state of Florida in a cruel manner as it is stated in FS 828.12
828.12 Cruelty to animals.—(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, commits animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
And if you do not kn ow what killing with cruelty is, then the problem is with you and the disappearing nighborhood cats.
Now, at the other thing: Dear Fred, baby, mi amigo. I know you hate Stand Your Ground like you hate Trump, but you cannot write an article about how bad is going to be for the uniformed people if they don’t know how to kill iguanas humanly and at the same time lie about Stand Your Ground.
Stand Your Ground cannot be claiming whenever somebody feels a bit of trepidation (like when you see a Hillary video) but as part of the chain of Self defense which includes among others the very important reasonable fear of death or grave bodily harm. You getting a small woody because you got to read a tweet from Michelle Obama does not reach that level.
Second, Stand Your Ground was not a Florida concoction. Stand Your Ground cases before the Supreme Court date back to 1895, yet he seems to need to continue the false narrative that it was an evil preparation one in the Florida cauldron of the NRA.
As a journalist (yeah right) it should behoove you to publish accurate information and not what the gun control groups that rub your intellectual tummy say it is. Notice I am not asking you for the truth, but for a degree of accuracy. If you would happen to hit it in the same zip code, your readers would stay out of jail and appreciate your word.