Posted By Levi
I have already written about Florida’s “Stand You Ground” laws describing them as a license to kill. See here and here. Apparently, when it comes to guns, we have lost all basic common sense. My friend, Digby, reminds me of this.
No, this is not a joke:
A blind man in Florida who was acquitted after shooting his friend to death under Florida’s “stand your ground” law got his guns back on Thursday, according to WESH Orlando.
It’s hard to know where to start with the absurdity.
Blind man has a gun.
Blind man shoots a friend of his with that gun.
Blind man is acquitted of killing his friend under stand your ground law which says you can shoot anyone who scares you (after all he couldn’t see it was his friend.)
Blind man gets his guns back
Police confiscated both of John Wayne Rogers’ guns when he was arrested for shooting a friend in the chest during a fight in his Geneva, Fla. home in March 2012. He was granted immunity after citing Florida’s “stand your ground” law in January.
Rogers fought to get his weapons back in court after his acquittal.
“It’s my constitutional right. I wasn’t carrying these firearms around. I was in my house on a private road in Geneva out of the way,” Rogers said, explaining that he needs guns for protection.
Judge John Galluzzo reluctantly ordered authorities to return Rogers both of his firearms, a 10mm Glock and a rifle, even though he said he didn’t want to.
“I have to return property that was taken under the circumstance,” Galluzzo said. “I have researched and haven’t found case law to say otherwise.”
And did I also mention that this man was on probation four years ago for firing 15 shots at his cousin and in jail three years ago for punching a woman in a domestic disturbance.