Thursday, April 28, 2005

Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush

Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush Posted by Hello

(Click) for text of letter I mailed to Jeb Bush on the Self-Defense Issue

Should Americans be allowed to defend themselves against criminals and crime?

Maybe they should as police in many states are merely "Armed Revenue Collectors" enforcing laws on the side.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

Post on the Stark Raving Viking related to the story below

Don’t Mess with a Floridian!(click) for Law Talk blog post

Governor to sign off on new self-defense bill
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he intends to sign a bill that would allow people who feel threatened on the street, in a bar, at a ballgame — or just about anywhere — to “meet force with force” to defend themselves without fear of being prosecuted.
The measure (SB 436), the top priority of the National Rifle Association in Florida this year, passed 94-20 in the House. It already had passed the Senate.
The bill essentially extends and codifies a right Floridians already have in their home or car, saying that there’s no need to retreat before fighting back. People attacked in their homes generally don’t have to back off. But in public spaces, deadly force can only be used after trying to retreat.
"I'm sorry people, but if I'm attacked I shouldn't have a duty to retreat," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala. "That's a good way to get shot in the back."

I was attacked on my property during a robbery attempt. Since I had angered police and the members of the judiciary in Connecticut by complaining that police and the courts do little about downtown social problems, including heroin and crack cocaine dealing, teenage drinking, and crime in general, but DO go after working, taxpayers for every dollar they can, spouting off in newspapers.

I then proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials where quality control questionnaires went out to citizens needing protection and service with the questionnaire going to an independent civilian review boards.

I allegedly outraged the former head of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada, to such an extent that he allegedly ordered Connecticut State Troopers to follow me around, harass me out of Connecticut, and retaliate.

I was then attacked on my property by a police informant, and he was given immunity for threatening my life, stalking, and harassing me, to maliciously prosecute me for having defended myself with pepper spray. I was sentenced to a year in prison as self-defense isn’t legal in Connecticut.

I guess neither is Free Speech or proposing laws to elected officials that members of the judiciary and law enforcement brass doesn’t like …


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