Saturday, March 26, 2005

Florida on the Right Track on Protection of the Home

The Florida Senate just passed a bill which will allow citizens to use deadly force to protect their homes and families.
A bill permitting the use of deadly force during a home invasion or when an individual considers themselves threatened unanimously passed the Florida Senate on Wednesday.

The measure (SB 436) would eliminate criminal penalties for an individual who uses deadly force as self-protection in his home or vehicle and other unspecified circumstances.

The open-ended language on the bill sponsored by Sen. Durell Peaden Jr. concerned some lawmakers.

"Under the wording of this bill, somebody could go onto any of the streets and if they think somebody is walking toward them in a threatening fashion, they can pull out a gun and begin blasting away," said Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, who sought unsuccessfully to amend the bill on Tuesday.

"We're heading towards a Wild West mentality," Geller said. "I am concerned that you could literally have two guys standing on the street, both of them ready, the guns at their side, and then say 'Well the other guy threatened me so I pulled a gun and shot him in self defense.'"

Peaden, R-Crestview, scoffed at the characterization.

"You have to be within the confines of the dwelling as described in this bill," Peaden said during Wednesday's floor debate. "You just can't shoot anybody on the street and drag 'em in."

Geller said he voted for the bill for political reasons.

"We'd be seen as Democrats soft on crime," he said.

A similar proposal (HB 249) was approved on an 8-2 vote Wednesday by the House Justice Council.

When citizens are allowed to arm and protect themselves, then that is when you will see a drastic reduction in crime. The Left has been stuptified into thinking that restriction of guns is the way to reduce violent crimes, but in fact it is the way to increase them. When a criminal, who has no qualms about using guns violently, knows that a citizen cannot use deadly force against him, he will commit the crime. But if he knows that a citizen CAN protect himself, then the criminal may have second thoughts. We should be allowed to protect ourselves and families against the criminal element that has been growing rapidly in the US, and allowing us to use deadly force is the best way to stop crimes and violence against our families.

Mr Minority