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Florida: Shoot First, Shoot Often

Remember when Florida trotted out the Shoot First law last year?

Now they've made it easier to do that.

The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.

Backed by the National Rifle Association and some labor unions, the so-called "take-your-guns-to-work" measure would prohibit business owners from banning guns kept locked in motor vehicles on their private property.

The measure applies to employees, customers and those invited to the business establishment as long as they have a permit to carry the weapon.


The measure exempts a number of workplaces including nuclear power plants, prisons, schools and companies whose business involves homeland security.

Well, aggravated teachers won't be able to shoot their students. At least, not on school grounds. Mebbe at the supermarket. I wonder how the post office feels about this. Would getting fired by your boss count as a threat, thus opening the way for using deadly force on them? What about an irate customer? Does the clerk have justification to shoot them? Irate customers do get a bit aggressive sometimes. It could be considered threatening. And before the clerk would have to go all the way home to get their gun and by then it would be too late. How much more convenient now to be able to make the short trip to the car and take care of the situation right away.

Consider this: Last year, the DEA had 69 firearms stolen from them, including 1 submachine gun. The majority of the thefts were out of the cars of the agents when they parked outside restaurants, hotels, gyms, etc. How much easier it will be to just go to Florida and break into any random car to get a gun than to have to follow a DEA agent and wait for him to break the rules and leave a firearm in the car before you can steal it.

The question is, why aren't people hauling ass out of Florida before they get shot?

By min | April 9, 2008, 3:37 PM | Liberal Outrage


i just flew in from florida, and boy are my arms tired of being shot at.

I think you might be missing the obvious. If everyone in Florida has a gun in their car, then anyone walking toward a car is a threat on your life, as they might be going for their gun. Soon Floridians will be unable to walk toward motor vehicles for fear of being shot at as they made "threatening moves" and alligators will become the dominant species as no one can ever escape to a motor vehicle again.

Anyway, that's my "ripple of evil". Check out Lewis Black's "Root of all Evil" for more amusing hypothetical doom.