When you expanded the laws to apply to other places than people's homes, these laws have NEVER worked. There has never been a genuine NEED for these laws. Even in the case that you used to justify the creation of this law, where a homeowner used deadly force, and then had to wait to have confirmed that he would not be prosecuted, the original law which covered home self-defense worked better than the NRA and ALEC written Stand Your Ground Law.
Have the sense, have the courage, to admit that your legislation not only does not work as you say it was intended, it is an unmitigated disaster. It has racked up dead bodies and injured people who should never have been harmed. What it has not done is to make anyone safer.
Every time you state that you did not INTEND for it to work the way it has, REMEMBER that law enforcement in your state warned you it would work exactly this way, and Prosecutors in your state warned you as well.
It is not true only of your state; it is true in the same way in every state that has emulated your legislative failure. In every state where that imitation has occurred, the hand of special interests which profited were behind it. That is corruption.
There is no surprise here for you other than people finally noticed on a large scale, at the same time, what has been perfectly clear. Your special interest gun nut legislation is a clinker, a very deadly flop.
Repeal it. Don't 'tinker' with it, don't try to make stupid cosmetic improvements. Changing the color of the lipstick you put on the pig won't materially change the fundamental truth that it's still just lipstick and still the same old pig.
The gun nuts were wrong. The ideologues were wrong. Governor's like Minnesota's Mark Dayton were right not to go along with the right wing on this.
Man up, admit the failure, and fix the mistake; get rid of your Stand Your Ground Shoot First Make My Day law. Your gun nuts aren't as safe as they told you they were going to be. While you're revisiting the Shoot First debacle, your gun carry permit laws could use some work as well. If you're not sure, take a look at the number of people who get shot in your state. If you don't look for yourself, I can promise you people will be pointing it out to you for the foreseeable future and beyond.
If you don't get it NOW, you can be removed in November, and probably will be.
In Florida you won't be in legislative session again until March 2013, unless there is a special session, other than for your problems with redistricting. Maybe it's time for one of those special sessions before November, to fix this problem by getting rid of your bad legislation. Otherwise a lot of other people will be dead between now and March 2013 who would not be dead if it had not been for your bad law.
There are ghosts lined up; Trayvon Martin is just the newest one, that is going to haunt your conscience, if you have one. He's the one in the Hoodie.
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