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Gawker Got Literally Everything Wrong About Florida’s New Warning Shots Bill
freebeacon.com ^ | 18 January, 2014 | CJ Ciaramella

Posted on 01/23/2014 4:21:30 PM PST by marktwain

The viral content blog Gawker published an article Friday headlined: “The NRA Literally Wrote Florida’s New Bill to Legalize Warning Shots.” However, a brief investigation by the Free Beacon revealed that the NRA literally did not write Florida’s new bill to legalize warning shots.

The Florida legislature is considering expanding the state’s “stand your ground” law to encompass “threatened use of force.” Specifically, the bill is intended to shield those who brandish a gun or fire a warning shot in self-defense from the state’s 10-20-Life law, which imposes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for felony crimes involving a firearm.

Gawker reporter Adam Weinstein wrote Friday that Marion Hammer, a former NRA president and lobbyist for the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, was responsible for writing and pushing the bill.

In an interview with the Free Beacon, Hammer said that was not the case.

“We did not write it,” Hammer said. “It’s Families Against Mandatory Minimum’s bill, and my understanding is that Greg Newburn and his staff wrote it. They just came to us and asked if we’d endorse the bill.”

Greg Newburn, the Florida director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), corroborated Hammer’s story.

“Marion is correct,” Newburn said via email. “I asked for her help in reforming 10-20-Life, and she’s been tremendously helpful in that effort. But the NRA had nothing to do with writing the original bill.”

FAMM is a nonprofit organization that advocates for state and federal sentencing reform, specifically the repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: adamweinstein; banglist; defensivedisplay; famm; fl; florida; gawker; gregnewburn; guncontrol; nra
The bill was prompted by the application of the mandatory 10-20 year sentences.
1 posted on 01/23/2014 4:21:30 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them.


2 posted on 01/23/2014 4:34:39 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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The Florida legislature is considering expanding the state’s “stand your ground” law to encompass “threatened use of force.” Specifically, the bill is intended to shield those who brandish a gun or fire a warning shot in self-defense from the state’s 10-20-Life law, which imposes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for felony crimes involving a firearm.
Thanks marktwain.
3 posted on 01/23/2014 4:35:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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This bill was prompted by a woman that got into an argument/altercation with her husband.

She left the house and entered the attached garage, retrieved a gun, re-entered the house, and fired a "warning shot" at her husband (my bet is she fired wildly at him to "show" him). She then tried to claim "stand your ground," but she didn't want to actually kill. It was denied. She was found guilty - she was given a mandatory sentence.

George Zimmerman justifiably shot Traytable. Gun grabbers and racists (redundant) tried to make the Zimmerman case about Stand Your Ground; it wasn't. They tried to make it about race; it wasn't.

They tried to say that there is only justice for white, and apparently "white hispanic," males and pointed to this woman as an example since she was sentenced to better than a decade.

4 posted on 01/23/2014 4:35:38 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: marktwain

Once again, Marion Hammer proves to be savvy and public-spirited as the executive of Florida’s NRA affiliate; and once again, the news media gets essential facts wrong for the sake of making a false attack on her and the NRA.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 4:35:45 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: marktwain

Gawker and its affiliate sites such as Deadspin are on the wrong side of almost every issue.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 4:38:33 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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“Gawker Got Literally Everything Wrong “

Could be printed everyday and would be accurate.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 4:40:55 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SunkenCiv

You are welcome.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 4:44:32 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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"Brandish" was on my PI exam. The issue is this: there is no standard definition, and that is why state laws are different, or fuzzy on applying the term. It is was defined so that it was limited to the communication of a threat with malice and without cause, then the law wouldn't be necessary.

This is the reason why officers cannot discern open carrying of long rifles, with brandishing. It leaves it to interpretation. And stupidity.

9 posted on 01/23/2014 4:59:01 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them.

Too great to pass up Blood - may I steal for a tag?

10 posted on 01/23/2014 7:55:18 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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Sure


11 posted on 01/24/2014 6:07:48 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Thanks.


12 posted on 01/24/2014 7:08:34 AM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: marktwain

Due to the increased cost of ammunition, do not expect a warning shot.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 9:20:56 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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