Can’t we just tell the truth? You don’t need a law degree or a bunch of capitalized letters following your name to correctly identify the source of the stench that is permeating our country. It emanates from the Sunshine State, the orange juice capital of the world.
We know the state that it comes from but before we identify exactly what it is that stinks let’s be clear about what it is that does not stink. It’s not the sunshine. It’s not the orange juice and it is most certainly not the jurors in Florida.
It’s the law, people. The stand your ground law is not simply faulty. It is an abomination. It is an affront to the very notion of justice. It is an insult to our founding fathers.
Where the hell did Florida lawmakers come up with the idea that it’s okay to stand your ground, if you only “perceive” yourself to be in danger of physical harm? Let’s make it clear, very clear, in Florida it’s okay to shoot somebody, kill them stone cold dead, if you “think” you are in danger. Remember, you don’t need to be in danger, you just need to “think” that you are.
What about if you’re wrong? What if you think you are in danger, kill somebody, but the truth is that you were never in danger? You just thought you were in danger. But guess what, you were wrong!
Being wrong in Florida, is simply okay. Somebody just killed a person that they didn’t need to, they misperceived the situation and guess what? No harm, no foul, everybody can be wrong sometime. The fact that you just killed an innocent person and please let me be very clear here, that innocent person could be me or you or your very menacing looking 12-year-old daughter, doesn’t mean squat in Florida.
It’s okay to kill in Florida if you “think” you are in danger. “Being” in danger, don’t mean shit in Florida. Thinking you are in danger, is all that counts. Hey Florida legislators, don’t you realize what your law really means?
It means that there is no punishment for killing an innocent person.
That’s right. They can kill innocent people all day long in Florida, just as long as they think they are in danger. It doesn’t matter whether they are or are not. The only thing that matters is if they “think” they are.
Shooter: “You know officer, I’m not shitting you here, I thought that old lady had a shotgun. I know it really was just a black cane, but the way she was holding it and all, getting out of her car, it sure looked like a shotgun to me. ”
Police officer: “Did you really think she was a danger to you?”
Shooter: “I surely did.”
Police officer: “Did you really, really think she was a danger to you?”
Shooter: “You betcha I did!”
Police officer: “Well go on home and forget about it. Ain’t nobody perfect.”
Don’t blame the juries for letting killers go free. Blame Florida lawmakers for writing a law that allows well-intentioned individuals, with poor perceptual abilities, to go free after erroneously killing a completely innocent person.
You know, the Florida lawmakers ought to rewrite that law and they should do so with the same insight and wisdom that they used when writing it originally. In that vein, I would propose revisions to that law that should suit the wisdom and reasoning capacity of Florida lawmakers.
My personal thoughts, obviously would be inconsistent with those of the Florida lawmakers who created the stand your ground law. So I won’t share my thoughts as to how I would deal with the Florida law instead I will propose changes that should be acceptable to those lawmakers. My own thoughts certainly would not be acceptable to the mindset responsible for the creation of the Florida stand your ground law.
So you lawmakers in Florida, probably by this time, realize that you might just be a little off with that stand your ground law. It probably needs a little tweaking and I have a few ideas that might just please you.
Let’s change the law a bit. No use throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
My first suggestion, keeping with the spirit of those Floridian law makers: only allow people to kill one innocent person, per lifetime. It’s like a get out of jail free card. It’s like saying “okay you got it wrong this time but the next time…” And let that next time be a really teaching event. A fine and a hefty one. Perhaps even in the hundreds of dollars range.
My next suggestion, to those lawmakers, would be to rewrite the law making it only okay to kill innocent people so long as they dress in a way that you find inappropriate and unbecoming and are also of a different race or ethnic group than their own.
See this way, it’s okay for a white guy to shoot a black guy or a black guy to shoot a white guy but it completely allows for the prosecution of a black guy shooting a black guy or even worse a white guy shooting a white guy.
Let’s face facts. Teenagers wearing hoodies look scary to some people. Black teenagers wearing hoodies look even more scary to those same people. Black teenagers, wearing hoodies, listening to loud music, look so damn scary that some people just gotta shoot them.
Now, I guess the obvious solution and you know what, it’s actually more obvious than most people would want to admit, is to make it illegal for a teenager to wear a hoodie.
Make it illegal, then people won’t get scared and won’t have to shoot them. And that solves a lot of the problem. But don’t forget, the same people who are afraid of teenagers wearing hoodies are even more afraid of “black” teenagers wearing hoodies.
With that same wisdom, perhaps while you’re at it, you should just make it illegal to be black. Because after all isn’t that what this is really all about.