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While accusing supporters of the NRA on their website of using scare tactics to get a pro-gun bill passed in the Senate this summer Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence proved they aren’t above using some of their own to advance their agenda.

The target of their ire? A new Florida law that says any person “has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.” This is a change from being able to use a gun only as a last resort and it has the Brady Campaign fuming. So in an effort to “inform” tourists of this law they launched an ad campaign in British newspapers that said “Warning: Florida residents can use deadly force. If you are involved in a traffic accident or near-miss, remain in your car and keep your hands in plain sight. If someone appears to be angry with you, maintain to the best of your ability a positive attitude, and do not shout or make threatening gestures.” I guess all Floridians are gun owners and all gun owners are prone to shoot first and ask questions later. If you believe this I have some land I’d like to sell you.

The campaign started handing out flyers at Miami and Orlando airports as this past weekend as tourists arrived. There were no reports of anyone turning around and heading home. Association of British Travel Agents spokesman Keith Betton said that he didn’t think it would have any effect and added “If they’re trying to scare people, then they’ve just wasted an awful lot of money.”

Even though Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm said that they weren’t out to hurt the Florida tourism industry but to inform the public they specifically chose the airports to launch their effort and threatened to do so a more airports in states that are considering similar legislation.

This effort is doomed to fail but if it costs the gun control lobby some money then maybe it isn’t such a bad thing after all.




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