Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Does this mean that if I'm

going into an abortion clinic and I feel like my life is in danger because the wingnuts are menacing me, I can shoot 'em? COOL!

"Gov. Bush signs controversial force with force bill
Measure will allow Floridians to meet `force with force'


By Sean Mussenden
Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE ยท With a National Rifle Association lobbyist looking on, Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law Tuesday a bill that will allow Floridians to use force on an attacker without first trying to escape.

Bush signed into law a broad new expansion of the "castle doctrine" -- an old legal tenant giving residents the license to kill criminals while protecting their home.

Under current Florida law, a person attacked in any public place -- a supermarket, a bar, a library -- must first attempt to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.

The new measure, which takes effect in October, removes the obligation to flee, allowing a person to legally kill their attacker if they feel threatened.

"When you're in a position where you're being threatened -- a life-threatening situation -- to have to retreat and put yourself in a very precarious position defies common sense," Bush said.

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