Right or wrong, the rest of the nation has been side-eyeing Florida ever since the George Zimmerman verdict came down. Even though the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law was not ultimately used as part of Zimmerman's defense, a new petition is circulating online in which signees claim they'll boycott Florida tourism until the law is repealed.
Boycott Florida tourism until the "Stand Your Ground" law is overturned. Send a message to Florida that their state is not a safe place to vacation if their citizens are able to kill anyone they deem suspicious.
Well, technically, if you see things that way then even out-of-staters are allowed to bring a gun down here and kill anyone they deem suspicious. If anything if that's what the law actually said (and it does not) then perhaps Florida could market itself as a real life "The Most Dangerous Game" experience.
Florida: Come On Down and Kill People.
Sadly, that could actually increase certain types of tourism, and that kind of scares us actually.
Not that we don't think Stand Your Ground is a horrible piece of legislation, but let's not blow things out of proportion here.
Anyway, as of blog publishing time the petition has 1,715 of 2,000 required signatures. When it reaches that goal it will be sent to Gov. Rick Scott and both houses of the Florida Legislature.
We would like to remind people that 19 other states have laws similar to our "Stand Your Ground" law, and several others have "Castle Doctrine" laws. Might want to boycott them too.