I am not a lawyer, or a Floridian, but it looks to me as if Stand Your Ground is pretty well impossible to abuse. All you need to do is say “I feel threatened” and you have a free pass to use deadly force, because no one can gainsay your feelings.
Deranged man screams “I feel threatened!” because he was asked to wear a fucking face mask. It’s pretty clear that if he had a gun, he would have started shooting, and claimed he was “standing his ground”. One more example of the infantilization of America.
I’m not condoning this man’s aggressive behavior, but I haven’t seen a single person question why the person was recording him in a Costco in the first place. Don’t we need to understand what led up to this event?
From the story, it looked like the filming started after a woman asked him to wear a mask and he started getting aggro on her and the man (perhaps the person filming) who backed her up. It’s not a mystery if you take the time to RTFA.
I asked a man at work to wear a mask (who ironically somehow gets to listen to conservative talk radio in a closed room with 3 others in his department) at work- he walked away from me claiming I was threatening him, despite no threat. I was written up for supposedly confronting him, when all I did was ask him to wear a mask when he walks by me.
Management where I work refuses to enforce their own mask policy- and I think it’s going to turn into a lawsuit at some point.
I’ve had various people I’ve asked nicely to wear a mask lose their shit at me. I think at this point its become a thing because conservatives have disassociated wearing a mask with basic decency, much like covering one’s face when coughing, specifically because the President has refused wearing one himself, and his rallies at Tulsa and Mt. Rushmore show that he doesn’t take it seriously.
When the commander-in-chief doesn’t take something seriously that is killing people, it doesn’t matter whether we like him or not- these people follow him as if he is an evil God- if he’s not doing it, no one else’s rationale can get them to recognize what decency or safety looks like anymore
It reminds me of a story from Baton Rouge yesterday. I white women stopped a black woman from driving down her flooded street (because the truck was causing waves that might reach her house). She threatened the driver and hit the vehicle with a baseball bat. Then went inside and got a gun to threaten the driver.
Upon arrest, her explaination for her attacks was “I was in fear of my life and my child’s life.”
We’ve reached a point that either claiming fear is practiced by people to excuse their violence, we are surrounded by gun-wielding children in adult bodies that are so insecure that everything feels like an assault, or a bit of both
Please explain how a beach that I assume is connected to a town of same name can have 2 different mask policies.
Actually better yet, if there are two different masks policies and you live there or near there, maybe go get those people to get their policies straight before your state sets a record new cases yet again.
Florida is leading America to untold heights…of disease and death.
Because the concept of wearing a damn mask is apparently beyond the grasp of its populous
Someone else on Boing Boing had put forward the idea that people don’t wear masks for the same reason people refuse to get tested for suspected cancer; the thought that doing something about the situation “makes it real” so that the person cannot safely continue to ignore it.
“If I don’t get tested for cancer, I can continue to deny the possibility”.
“If I don’t wear a mask, I don’t have to admit that my life is in very real danger”.