Guns are trouble in paradise


Yet another Trayvon Martin-style incident, this time at a gas station, and a cold-blooded murder over a texting dispute at a theater, should serve as urgent warnings to Floridians to not allow the gun manufacturers to ruin the wonderful paradise that Floridians could have without ubiquitous guns.

Guns are the trouble in paradise that turn disputes that ought to have been dust-ups ending with a black eye or a split lip into murders. Stand Your Ground would make no sense even if there were no such things as paranoia, dementia, homophobia and racial and religious fear and hatred.

I visit family in Florida each year in the Palm Beach area. Many Canadian tourists who don’t have family in the state might be lured to other more peaceable tropical places like Hawaii or Costa Rica. No one can completely relax in a mall or theater that might instantly turn into a shooting gallery.

Ron Charach, Toronto

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