Firing a 'warning shot' at an attacker legal in Florida

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“Self-defense is not a crime. It’s a constitutional right,” said Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s lead lobbyist in Florida.

That is true, that is why a ‘Stand your Ground’ law is not necessary, and simply gives legal cover to those who resort to violence at a drop of the hat.

Jun 20, 2014 5:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GCGriswold wrote:

Now that’s stupid!

Jun 20, 2014 6:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

So now people in Florida can legally stand their ground against warning shots, which are also legal in public. Way to ghetto it up, Florida. Great place to take the kids :)

Jun 20, 2014 7:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sedlenke wrote:

Florida, not sane, not safe.

Jun 20, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DobieGillis wrote:

what a Mo! Gives Crist the election in 2014.

Jun 20, 2014 7:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CommanderOtto wrote:

@USAPragmatist2: I totally agree with you.

Jun 20, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
auger wrote:

where does one legally direct a warning shot? The air, the floor? What say the family of a bystander hit by a warning shot? Are they just doing their part to support the legislation, like it or not?

Jun 20, 2014 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Amwatching2c wrote:

The HEAT is not a basketball team, but what tourists need to vacation in Florida…..but be sure to pack serious Heat to protect yourself. Ya Packen?

Jun 20, 2014 8:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
borisjimbo wrote:

Self defense is not a federal constitutional right, it was and has always been a right under state statutory or decisional law. This is where the conservo Court went radical in Heller.

Jun 20, 2014 8:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
roymeddock wrote:

This is what happens when people dip their heads into warm salt water.

Jun 20, 2014 10:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dumspirospero wrote:

In other news, a scientist claiming to have discovered the Earth’s sphincter was shot by a stray bullet while investigating that area.

No charges have been filed.

Jun 20, 2014 10:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
momjones wrote:

John Birch, KKK, White Supremist, etc…extreme right wing anything melt together to mold America’s new fascism, hiding behind the cross that created them. The right is separating Americans, divide and conquer and it would seem nobody’s paying attention.

Jun 20, 2014 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
momjones wrote:

John Birch, KKK, White Supremist, etc…extreme right wing anything melt together to mold America’s new fascism, hiding behind the cross that created them. The right is separating Americans, divide and conquer and it would seem nobody’s paying attention.

Jun 20, 2014 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
momjones wrote:

People will no longer flock to Florida…seniors don’t want to live in fear that their neighbor mistakes them out walking the dog for a darkie in the dark. This is racism.

Jun 20, 2014 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LgMouth wrote:

Ammo is too expensive for warning shots.

Jun 20, 2014 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LgMouth wrote:

A “warning shot” could be just as deadly, when innocently fired in the heat of the moment, at a innocent bystander. Each shot should be fired with full intent of stopping the aggressor.

Jun 20, 2014 11:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

Now no one in Florida ever has to worry about being prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter when it involves a gun. It will always be simply a legal warning shot. How was I supposed to know there was someone standing on the other side of that fence?

Jun 20, 2014 12:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

USAPragmatist2, commandorotto,
do you use the same logic for women, minorities, lgbt legislation?

Jun 22, 2014 8:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

carny, just stay out of the Burger Kings and you will be ok.

Jun 22, 2014 8:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

LgMouth. yes, I concur.

anytime a weapon is fired during an altercation, the gunman needs to understand the potential consequences. The time to evaluate a situation, and make a decision is minimal and any shot should be considered a lethal shot. Many situations would not allow a safe warning shot.

Jun 22, 2014 8:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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