Quote of the Day - I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him. - Mark Twain
All The Romance Is Gone From Duels
Here in California, we're about to add serial numbers for handgun bullets. In Florida, you're not required to retreat if you fear for your life or serious bodily harm.
Two ends of the same spectrum, ostensibly trying to solve the same issue: crime.
I'm not sure which is better, and which is worse. I guess it depends which end of the gun you're on. So let's take a look at both barrels.
Senator Joe Dunn introduced the bullet serialization bill. He claims "SB 357 will strip criminals of their anonymity and give law enforcement evidence it can use to quickly and effectively solve more gun crimes." Let's think about that.
I have serial numbers on my stereo, cell phone, computer software, vehicles, heck, even my dollar bills (I checked the ones in my wallet. All but one had a serial number on it.) Like my blog posts, my Walther PPK has a serial number on it. Should bullets be any different? The Gun Owners of California have put out an alert, claiming it will increase the cost of ammunition.
On the other hand, what is the cost of crime?
What about the Wild West of Florida? If you're packing heat, then you can use it if you're accosted. Many police organizations, including the Florida Sheriffs Association, Police Chiefs Association and Florida Police Benevolent Association supported the Self-defense bill, now law.
As quoted in the April 6, 2005 Tallahassee Democrat, Miami Beach Representative Dan Gelder (D) argued against the bill, claiming that "it legalizes dueling. It legalizes fighting to the point of death, without anybody having a duty to retreat." If they have serial numbers on those bullets, we'll be able to tell who killed who in that duel.
At some point in time, you would think that we as a society could move beyond using guns, and stick to fighting words. Me, I like target practice, but I prefer the ones with circles instead of bodies. I don't carry a gun to keep me out of trouble, or, for that matter, at all. I'm also not simplistic enough to think that I'll never get into trouble where I might need a gun, but it's not worth it to me to carry a gun all the time just to protect against that one time I might need it.
But if I travel to Florida, I'll have to give it some thought. Really makes you think about Disney World a little differently, doesn't it?
Just don't butt in line in front of anyone.