Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ah, Yes, Doubling Down On Stupid...

How's that expression go? Something about stop digging when you find yourself in a hole? The intellectually dishonest left thinks you should just start - in the words of Springfield's Chief Wiggum, "Dig up, stupid"...

Zimmerman verdict spurs talk of Florida boycott, ignores other 'stand-your-ground' states
Black lawmakers and other groups are trying to harness outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict into a national indictment against the state of Florida, seeking to organize an Arizona-style boycott against everything from tourism to orange juice.

But there's one striking difference.

While Arizona had passed first-of-its kind legislation against illegal immigration when the uproar started over that state, Florida is hardly unique. At least 22 states have "stand-your-ground" laws -- which allow people to use deadly force to protect themselves often without any compulsion to retreat, and are at the center of the post-verdict controversy.
Ah, yes. Let's punish the state of Florida with a boycott because they have the same law as nearly half of the United States. Because the state of Florida does not mandate that you run away from someone attacking you, let's stay out of Florida. They tried to boycott Florida when it was one of the first states to legalize concealed carry in 1987 (Blood in the streets! Wild West style shootouts over parking spaces! ZOMG!) and when they implemented "Stand Your Ground" in 2005 (Blood in the streets! Wild West style shootouts over parking spaces! ZOMG!).

Here's the money quote, though:
And in the case of Zimmerman, his attorneys didn't even use the law as part of their defense.

Not that it matters to the racebaiters and nannystaters, of course. Facts rarely do. I know I shouldn't be saddened that so many people are so willfully ignorant - it only takes a quick read of pretty much any account of the trial to find out that "Stand Your Ground" didn't even enter the equation - but then I am reminded that there exists such a thing as "Jersey Shore". Again, let me reiterate a point I made yesterday on this very subject:

"Stand Your Ground" laws had *NOTHING* to do with the Trayvon Martin case. NOTHING. 

You want to boycott Florida, be my guest. Tell the whole world you're an idiot. Put it up on Facebook: "Look, I don't do ANY critical thinking!" What you're saying is that you refuse to visit a state because of an entirely fictitious construct - the idea that "Stand Your Ground" laws mean that someone can protect themselves against someone already attacking them. That's not "Stand Your Ground", imbecile; that's standard self-defense. It's legal in all fifty states to defend yourself against a violent attack, so I guess you'd better emigrate to England.

Like it or not, Trayvon Martin was attacking George Zimmerman. Because the media downplays that fact does not mean it didn't happen. It was part of the defense testimony. Hell, it was part of the prosecution for crying out loud. No matter what else happened that night, there is a mountain of evidence that indicates Martin was beating the living hell out of Zimmerman, and precisely zero evidence that Zimmerman laid a finger on Martin - until he fired the single shot in self-defense. "Stand Your Ground" does not come into play here. Not in the least.

To those pushing the lie that "Stand Your Ground" type laws had anything to do with the Martin/Zimmerman case, you can s**t in one hand and wish in the other - tell us which one fills up faster...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I suppose pointing out that Zimmerman's first public act since was to pull some people out of a burning truck would be piling on.....

Joseph from IL

Old NFO said...

Funny how that works, since BO was a supporter of SYG in Illinois...

Roger said...

We Floridians are perfectly happy that the boycotters stay out of the Gunshine state. We have plenty of idiots here already and need no more.
Florida has been in the forefront with concealed carry and stand your ground laws. The results thereof are lower crime and happier citizens. (At least most of us.) Stay in Taxachussetts or New Yorkistan or The Peoples Republik of New Jersistan and Californistan, where you can vote in more taxes and less freedom.

Wally said...

Wasn't long ago that everyone was calling for boycotts of AZ. That was pretty intense for about 5 minutes.

I did laugh when I saw the calls for boycotts of oranges and DisneyLand (that's correct, DisneyLand)

And really, I remember all too well living in PRM- and for those not familiar, if someone broke into your home, you as a legal resident WERE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO FLEE. And God alone knows what's waiting for you outside....

LMB said...

I got in an argument with an idiot whom insists "SYG is involved because Zimmerman was thinking about it!" - After I recovered from the aneurysm, I then asked if he'd approached the government with his mindreading powers, as that sort of thing could prove really useful.

Stretch said...

SYG Boycott 100% Effective.
FL Crime Rate Drops To Record Lows.

Mike W. said...

"Ah, yes. Let's punish the state of Florida with a boycott because they have the same law as nearly half of the United States. Because the state of Florida does not mandate that you run away from someone attacking you, let's stay out of Florida."

It's actually well over half of the states. While not all have specific "stand your ground" laws, quite a few more than 22 have language either in statutes or case law that says you do NOT have to retreat when attacked.

Heck, even Delaware says you're duty to retreat only applies if you can do so with "complete safety"

Ed said...

Many promised to boycott Florida when it became a "shall issue" state. That did not happen.

As it turned out, rental car companies operating in Florida removed external identification from their automobiles because locals were targeting the vehicles because they probably contained out-of-state residents who were more probably unarmed.

Attorney Andrew Branca has a higher count of states with "Stand Your Ground" laws, and considers California the most extreme:

http://lawofselfdefense.com/attorney-andrew-branca-participates-on-npr-panel/

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/07/stand-your-ground-the-new-self-defense-doctrine-thats-136-years-young/