News: Florida Governor Scott signed into law an amendment to the Statute 776.032 (Stand Your Ground). Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use or threatened use of force. The effect shifts the burden of proof to the prosecution when Stand Your Ground immunity is asserted by a criminal defendant. The State (prosecution) must overcome the asserted immunity with clear and convincing evidence.
Related News: Florida Governor Scott signed into law an amendment to Statute 766.013 (Justifiable use of Force). The effect is to remove inconsistencies with other Statutes. Continue reading
The May 23, 2017 issue of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Mayor Bob Ruckhorn apologized for a joke about firing .50 caliber blanks at local reporters. He reportedly has told this story several times before. It received applause when told before more than 1,000 attendees at the Special Operations Industry Conference last week. This week it has received widespread condemnation from reporters. Continue reading
5 million card carrying NRA member gave a collective sigh of relief Wednesday morning when they got the news that Donald J. Trump had won the 2016 Presidential election. The thought of getting a few months respite from Chris Cox’s plea for money to fight the good fight on the Federal level gave way quickly when they realized the fight is going to shift to the States. Continue reading
to the second Presidential debate held October 9. Hillary Clinton is a much more polished public speaker than Donald Trump. She was much more engaging with the selected questioners both during and after the debate.
Her presentation was smooth and patient. I understand why she has a following. If Hillary Clinton did not have a history, she would be a compelling candidate.
But Hillary Clinton does have a history. As Hillary Rodham she was appointed to represent Thomas Alfred Taylor who was accused of raping a 12 year old girl. Though she states that she was reluctant to take the case, once committed, she applied a “win, no matter what it takes” style to the defense. Continue reading
I did not watch the first Presidential Candidate Debate on September 26, 2016. I was in flight back from the Nation’s Capital where the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture had its Grand opening on September 24th. I could have watched part of the debate while the plane was still in the air because JetBlue provides TV service. Continue reading
While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling. What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests. A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading
Alan Berlow’s Op-Ed piece titled “Gun Control That Actually Works”, ran in the New York Times on May 31, 2016 and the Tampa Bay Times on June 1, 2016.
Alan Berlow proposes that the 1934 National Firearms Act is a model to build on. He is suggesting that this law should be the basis for how all gun owners are treated in the United States. That he suggests that the 1934 NFA is “Gun Control That Actually Works” is an example of Orwellian double-speak. The 1934 NFA was so flawed, it was found to be unenforceable in the 1968 Hayes decision by the US Supreme Court. It had to be redefined as Title II of the 1968 Gun Control Act and paired with a new Title I to overcome the constitutional flaws. Continue reading