Even in the wake of this week’s tragic Oregon school shooting, Florida legislators are doubling down on making it even easier to shoot someone – and get away with it.
In a stunning opinion piece in today’s Orlando Sentinel, Scott Maxwell notes that there is a new bill afoot to make sure gun nuts are not only able to shoot you, but actually get paid for your murder:
If you think you might ever shoot someone, I have good news for you.
Florida legislators want to make it harder to convict you.
Not only that, if you escape conviction, they want to give you up to $200,000 for your trouble.
In a bizarre, dangerous and costly new expansion to the NRA-backed “stand your ground law,” GOP legislators want to increase the burden of proof on prosecutors trying to convict anyone who claims self-defense.
In the old days, if you shot or beat someone with a baseball bat, you had to prove you had a good reason for doing so.
Makes sense, right?
Not to Gunshine State legislators, who want to flip the burden of proof so that anyone who claims self-defense is essentially assumed to be telling the truth unless the state can prove otherwise, often in a pre-trial immunity hearing.
Obviously, if this law passes, most anyone charged should claim self-defense. There’s no reason not to.
Read the full online post here.
this is why public surveillance might not be the worst idea…how many crimes have we solved with these resources and videos? it’s so critical to help understand the truth.