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Our Dumb State, Vol. 9

Shoot first, cry later

Photo: James Heimer, License: N/A

James Heimer


For Alexander's father, Raoul Jenkins, that's precisely the problem.

"She had a restraining order against him. Now Marissa is incarcerated and he's not," he told the Huffington Post. "I'm wrestling with that in my mind and trying to determine how the system worked that detail out. It's really frustrating."

WHITE MAKES RIGHT

Just when you thought Florida couldn't be any worse than a gaggle of miscreants conducting mass murder over an Xbox in Deltona, the specter of British neo-Nazi nationalism (via the National Front) took a bow in our backyard this year resulting in 10 arrests. The local faction of the American Front, allegedly led by 39-year-old Marcus Faella, trained in a compound out on his St. Cloud property, which, according to the Associated Press, hosted such pleasantries as "paramilitary training, shooting into an occupied dwelling and evidence of prejudices while committing an offense." There were, of course, the necessary assault rifles involved for the protection of the race, along with other skinhead accoutrements like barbed wire, firing ports and explosives, allegedly.

But that's only half the party! Among the planned excursions were a ruckus at Orlando City Hall, a throwdown with a rival Melbourne anti-racist skinhead group and chemical warfare.
An affidavit obtained by the AP showed that Faella was planning for an "inevitable race war" and that he wanted to "kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities." Good thing guns are easy to come by.

PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER

Because there's nothing more important or abstract to worry about than whether gun owners feel uncomfortable during routine doctors' visits, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his clan of bobbleheads moved forward in the 2011 legislative session with a peculiar law that would forbid physicians from discussing firearms with their gun-toting patients. And by forbid, we mean that at one point there was discussion of a five-year prison sentence and a $5 million fine for so much as broaching the subject. The muted objection to the "docs and Glocks" bill came largely from pediatricians and child-safety advocates who suggested that the legislation was a political move that virtually ignored family health. Perhaps that's because the American Academy for Pediatrics reports that the little gun in your nightstand is 43 times more likely to be used to kill a friend or family member than an actual intruder or criminal. Also, gun wounds make up one in 25 childhood injuries reported in pediatric trauma centers. That kind of reasoning didn't penetrate Tallahassee's conservative Kevlar, though, and the bill was signed into law in June 2011 including a cooler, calmer threat of a $10,000 fine and loss of medical license. The logic?

"Direct questions about firearm ownership when it has nothing to do with medical care is simply pushing a political agenda, which doesn't be-long in exam rooms," state Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, said in an email to the Huffington Post.

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