IN PRAISE OF FLORIDA'S NEW DEADLY FORCE LAW
Oct. 4, 2005
In my home state of Florida, a new law just took effect which
strengthens the right of citizens to use deadly force in protecting
themselves. The new law has been nicknamed the "stand your
ground" statute, because it changes the state requirement that a
person try to avoid or escape an assailant before using deadly
As one can imagine, liberals throughout the State of Florida are
screaming their opposition to the new law. Last May, the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference held a protest in my home town
Not to be outdone, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
is purchasing newspaper ads and handing out flyers at Florida
airports. Among the flyers' suggestions is one saying, "Do not
argue unnecessarily with local people."
Can anyone hear me laughing? I love it! I can only hope that the
Brady campaign will help deter a whole bunch of Yankees from
invading our good state thereby preventing further corruption from
Northern liberalism! We have more liberals than we need in this
state already, especially in the southern part of Florida. (There is a
saying in the Florida Panhandle, "The further South you go, the
further North you get." And it's true!)
The new law was sponsored by Florida State Senator Durell
Peaden. He defended the new law by saying, "With the awareness
of all this, maybe crime is dropping. The criminal element know
this is out there." He went on to say, " We need to do everything
we can to preserve that Second Amendment right." Hear! Hear!
Ever since Florida passed its concealed carry law back in 1987,
serious crime across the state has plummeted. Furthermore,
Florida's concealed carry law has spawned similar laws in more
than two thirds of the states across the country, and crime rates
nationwide reflect it. Crime rates are down to their lowest levels in
decades. In fact, the state with the lowest crime rate in the country
is a state which allows its citizens to carry a concealed weapon
without even requiring a permit: the state of Vermont. It is also no
coincidence that the cities and states with the highest levels of
violent crimes are those places that have the strictest forms of gun
control. Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City come to
Instead of ushering in "vigilante justice," as one liberal predicted,
the "stand your ground" law actually makes our state safer. One
can only hope that other states will follow suit.
© Chuck Baldwin
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