Florida Is The New Wild West; Murder Is Now Legal

Earlier this summer in a Walmart parking lot in Florida, a 20-year-old man named Colt Thriemer shot to death 21-year-old Thomas Brown. The two had gotten into a fist fight just moments before, but Brown had, according to witnesses, walked away from the fight. Nevertheless, Thriemer pulled out a gun and shot Brown 10 times. Thriemer, citing Florida’s nefarious “Stand Your Ground Defense,” will face no charges. That’s right, local authorities refuse to prosecute Thriemer. So now it’s official, murder is legal in Florida. If you live there or travel there, beware. If someone does not like the way you look, or you make an off-hand comment to your neighbor, or you flip someone off in traffic, or someone objects to your politics, you may be legally shot to death. Hell, there doesn’t really have to be any reason at all…it’s a shoot-first-and-alibi-later state.

The dangerous precedent set in the George Zimmerman case now has prosecutors everywhere declining to put murderers on trial. In the Brown case, litigators openly admit they have no recourse under the law. “The Stand Your Ground statute makes no exception from the immunity because Brown may have been walking away from Thriemer at the time the deadly force was used,” a memo from the State Attorney’s office states. Think about that for a moment. If you get into a dispute with someone, and then you do the mature thing and simply walk away when it appears the other party might turn the dispute deadly, YOU ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE LAW IN FLORIDA. Brown was shot in the back by Thriemer.

Here’s a scenario which once seemed like a Nazi Germany nightmare, but which can now actually legally occur in Florida: Your neighbor objects to the political sign (supporting a Democratic candidate) you’ve placed in your yard; he accosts you and destroys the sign. If you threaten to kick his ass for his outrageous actions, he can legally gun you down. In Florida even the provocateur can rightfully hide behind the “Stand Your Ground” statute.

I am writing a letter to Rick Scott, Florida’s Republican governor, to tell him I am never vacationing in his state again. The Sunshine State is now the Shotgun State; I’ll never visit Disney World again because Mickey might blast me for cutting in line.



3 thoughts on “Florida Is The New Wild West; Murder Is Now Legal

  1. We just buried my good life time friend’s son age 36, Nick Canada, who resided in ST AUGUSTINE FLORIDA. He was shot 4 times in the streets of St Augustine Fl. at around 8am in the morning! The cops/detectives have no clues! He was 36 yrs of age. My God, what is going on? It is so sad for my friend, she feels like it’s just a dream. What can we write/who can we write to, for help in finding out what happened? Yours truly, Nancy Miller

    1. Nancy, let me first express my deepest condolences to you and your friend for your loss. Gun violence in Florida is out of control, and as long as the current laws are in place, no one is really safe. You can try contacting the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement; the regional office nearest you is in Jacksonville 1-800-226-6481. There is precedent for the FDLE stepping in when local law enforcement can’t solve a case. A few years ago, in fact, a St. Augustine cop was charged with murdering his wife, and the FDLE investigated the case. If all else fails, contact the state attorney general and demand that he looks into it. I hope you find resolution.

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