America is becoming frightening to the rest of the world, and not just because of Donald Trump. Because of our gun epidemic, Australia has vowed to boycott the U.S. So far, no other country has said they would boycott American travel, but I can guarantee you that people throughout the world are giving their Disney World vacation a second thought.
Speaking of Disney World, following the mass shooting in Oregon that killed nine innocent victims, the state of Mickey Mouse and of George Zimmerman is trying to make killing people less illegal.
As George Zimmerman has shown, it’s actually pretty easy to get away with murdering someone in Florida (which is, I guess, why the show How to Get Away with Murder does not take place in Florida). Under their Stand your Ground law, all you have to do is claim that you believed your life was in danger. Your life doesn’t actually have to be in danger.
There’s one small problem with that, though. You have to convince a jury that you believed your life was in danger before your pulled the trigger. Now, Florida legislators want to make it so the burden of proof lies with the dead person, not with the shooter. They want to make it so the shooter is always presumed to be right that his life was in danger.
Oh, but that’s not it. If you are found not guilty, the state could owe you up to $200,000 in court costs and attorney fees. Not only is that unprecedented, it could make it very difficult to prosecute other types of crimes.
This is a dangerous piece of legislation,” said Phil Archer, the gun-toting Republican state attorney for Seminole and Brevard counties. I don’t know how else to say it.
Archer said the law would essentially force prosecutors to try every case twice — once to validate self-defense claims and then again for the actual trial — a costly hurdle for prosecutors ‘even if it is obviously not a viable self-defense claim. Every defendant in every case is going to ask for it.’
The $200,0000 payments would also probably force offices to cut prosecutors, he said, explaining: ‘There’s nothing else to cut.’
Source: Orlando Sentinel
I suspect that prosecutors will think twice about prosecuting murder cases at all under this bill.
Other than the $200k potential jackpot, this bill seems a bit redundant. In Florida, “Stand Your Ground” defendants go free seventy percent of the time.
One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail, the paper continued. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground … In nearly a third of the cases … defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.
As you may recall, this is the same state that back in 2011, presumed that all welfare recipients were guilty of taking drugs. The presumption of innocence in Florida only goes to people who kill people with guns, I guess.
Featured image via The Truth About Guns.