Thursday, April 07, 2005

Feeling Threatened? No Problem. 

With the continuing pope-o-rama, endless shots of an old man’s corpse lying on a bier, relentless detailed coverage of his every living and dying fart and belch (you reckon the Dalai Lama will get this coverage when he cashes it in?), it’s easy to miss interesting stories like this one from AP:

Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he intends to sign a bill that would allow people who feel threatened -- even on the street or at a baseball game -- to "meet force with force" and defend themselves without fear of prosecution.

The measure, the top priority of the National Rifle Association in Florida this year, passed the House 94-20 on Tuesday. It had already passed the Senate.

So, say I’m at a bar in Pensacola and someone says, “I oughtta kick your ass for taking the last peanut,” I can whip out my jammy and fill him full of lead. After all, I was threatened. Like mini-W says about the law, “it’s a good, common sense, anti-crime issue." Ah, the NRA, long noted for its common sense.

Pre-emptive justice. Novel concept. Wonder where that notion originated?

And in other news from the shoot-em-up state, we now know who wrote the Schiavo memo, and it wasn’t a product of the vast, left-wing conspiracy:

The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night. Washington Post

I guess he admitted it because he felt threatened. Say, whatever happened to that political advantage that grandstanding about a dying woman was supposed to bring? Oopsie.

Can Bushco’s arrogance be catching up to them? Could it be that indeed, the arc of history is long but it bends toward justice?

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