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Please Florida Gringo, Don't Shoot!
In a country that already leads the world in the number
of firearms in circulation and the number of murders committed with them, the
State of Florida has done the rest of America one better. According to this editorial
from Mexicoís El Tiempo, a new Florida law means that visitors to the State should
take care not to be Ďthe next person that some armed gringo considers a threat.í
Original Article (Spanish)
October 9, 2005
Who Needs Law Enforcement? Just Buy a Gun!
Tourists who travel to the United
especially to Florida now have new cause for worry. In addition to innumerable body checks, luggage checks and walks through
metal detectors and x-ray machines - turning every passage through the
Miami airport into an exercise in torture - a much worse problem now emerges: the danger of being shot in the street, a vehicle or even an office,
without explanation and without any form of redress.
—Read the Flyer
About the 'Shoot First Law' Given to Tourists Arriving in Florida
Incredible but true. Like the old days of the
wild and bloody West, the law of the gun is back in force in the State of Florida,
with the passage of a law approved by the State Legislature. The new legislation
authorizes citizens to attack, stab or shoot anyone that they deem to be a threat,
or with whom they have some dispute, without needing to face trial in the
courts. And as if this wasnít enough, the same coalition that pushed for this
law is working to pass another, which would authorize employees to keep firearms
in their office desks, lockers or other places of work, as well as their company
vehicles, whether or not their employers agree.
Former-NRA President Charleton Heston Strikes a Familiar
The new rules are defended by their promoters,
among them, Governor Jeb Bush, with the argument
that this will better promote public safety. But the truth is that behind
them stands the powerful National Rifle Association †(NRA), which has taken
full advantage of the river of fear that flows from terrorism to promote
the ever-more indiscriminate sale of weapons in the United States. This, despite the fact that the country already
leads the world, by a huge margin, in terms of firearms in circulation
(300 million in the hands of 290 million inhabitants), along with the number
of homicides committed with those firearms (about 130,000 per year), which
is five times above the global average, according to the Geneva-based Small
—Visit the Small Arms Survey site
Now tourists are in danger of swelling
those statistics even further. Therefore, pay attention: when one travels
there, smile, and donít cross anyone that puts their hands in their pockets.
Donít be the next person that some armed gringo considers a threat.
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