ORLANDO, Florida - June 12 - A leading Florida newspaper yesterday published an analysis of incidents of violence in Central Florida that have occurred since January 1 where the state's new deadly force law was invoked.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that in five counties in Central Florida 13 people killed six men and wounded four others, and that all but one of those shot were unarmed. The dead include a man who shook his fist at another man in a neighborhood dispute, and the wounded include a 15-year old would be car thief shot in the back of the leg while running away.
The story can be found at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl- deadlyforce1106jun11,0,2402838.story .
"The net effect of the new 'Shoot First' law in Florida is, unfortunately, precisely what we feared," said Sarah Brady, honorary chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "People are dying who did not deserve to die. Meanwhile the legitimate cases of self-defense would have been viewed as legitimate self-defense without this law.
"Florida's legislature should repeal this law. And other states thinking of passing this law should stop and look at the results in Florida," Brady said.