Archive for the ‘The Courts’ Category

Why Do Blacks Advocate Gun Control?

August 25th, 2012

A quirky aspect of U.S. “racial” classification for the past century has been its increasing alignment with left versus right political ideologies. The strangest twist is today’s Black political opposition to armed citizens. In reality, throughout history U.S. gun laws have aimed at ensuring that Blacks are defenseless while Whites are armed.

Videotaping Police — The Issue of Qualified Immunity

July 28th, 2012

“So the police can arrest me, handcuff me, drag me to jail, lock me up, and give me a permanent criminal arrest record for doing something so completely legal that no prosecutor would ever file charges, and I would still have no legal recourse?” Yes, that is correct. This essay explains how justice became so strange.

Florida CCW Laws

July 21st, 2012

This essay is for anyone who intends legally to carry a firearm in Florida. Whether you have a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License, or are merely visiting from a state enjoying reciprocity with Florida, the same laws apply. Two Chapters of Florida’s criminal code are important: 776 (Justifiable Use of Force) and 790 (Weapons and Firearms).

When Courts Defy the Law

July 7th, 2012

Courts sometimes reach decisions that defy the law. Statutes and caselaw say one thing but courts rule differently. This is because, despite lifelong efforts by good people, every justice system is corruptible and they have been corruptible in all societies throughout history. In the United States, the justice system is often corrupted by mass hysteria. Since colonial times, the newsmedia have periodically whipped the public into blind frenzy. Judicial lynching is a realistic danger to every armed citizen who was forced to defend his home against thugs.

Shoot a Robber, Not a Thief

June 30th, 2012

This essay addresses state-by-state differences. in self-defense laws. Every state sees crimes against persons differently than crimes against property. In most states, you can shoot someone committing a felony crime against your person. In no state may you shoot someone committing a crime against property.

The Castle Doctrine

June 23rd, 2012

Florida law lets you shoot someone to prevent your own imminent death or great bodily harm. The “castle doctrine” says that you are legally presumed to be in danger of imminent death or great bodily harm from anyone who breaks into an occupied house of vehicle, or who tries to drag you out of your house or vehicle. “Legally presumed” means that the danger of imminent death or great bodilly harm will be a given in court, and no evidence or testimony to the contrary will be allowed.

When Does Provocation Bar Self-Defense?

June 16th, 2012

Much of the debate in the Zimmerman/Martin case springs from ignorance of the law. Assume for a moment that Zimmerman deliberately “provoked” Martin, by profiling or “stalking” the teenager, or by confronting and insulting him. Some think that such provocation legally justifies physical attack (often called an “ass-whoopin”). Some also think that the law bars the recipient of such a “provoked ass-whoopin” from using deadly force to defend himself.

Evidence will eventually decide whether Zimmerman “provoked” Martin. But the other two beliefs (that an “ass-whoopin” in response to provocation is legal, and that the whoopee may not use deadly force in self-defense) are badly in error. Anyone who acts on such beliefs by physically assaulting someone who provoked them risks being killed (if in a state with strong self-defense laws) or sent to prison for many years.

Stand Your Ground versus Duty to Retreat

June 9th, 2012

Different states see self-defense differently. The most important state-by-state legal difference in self-defense is between “stand-your-ground” states and “duty-to-retreat” states. Imagine that you are attacked outside your home, in the street, say, or in a place of business. Assume also that you did not provoke the attack.