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Some of what people are saying about the case of Curtis Reeves Jr. killing Chad Oulson at the movies because of texting and popcorn

Isolation and frustration and guns.


Isolation and frustration and guns.



The Times' Dan Ruth: ... when it comes to guns and Florida, the official state symbol should be an NRA campaign check.

The Times' Sue Carlton: Where isn't there a gun anymore? Not far away, the University of South Florida was recently forced to let students keep guns in their cars because of an appeals court ruling. We are gun-mad, with no plans to change.

Creative Loafing's Mitch Perry: At this point if we were doing talk radio we'd hear from a Second Amendment enthusiast saying that in fact, more guns should be allowed, so that ... what? Nicole Oulson could have taken out Reeves? This is madness, folks.

Plant City attorney Ronald Tulin: What seemingly appears to be a petty dispute, in a local theater, escalates into a shooting death and serious injury. Sensational media accounts don't always tell the entire story. The shooter may have been wrong, but don't be quick to condemn. Florida's Stand Your Ground Law provides that law-abiding people can protect themselves, their families and other intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves or others. It creates a statutory immunity from criminal prosecution and civil suit. The law provides that an individual is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat, if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. Attacking a senior citizen is a forcible felony in Florida.

Former Florida prosecutor Bob Dekle: "Elderly people are a little bit more vulnerable than regular adults, so what may give a younger person a black eye could mean a cracked skull for a septuagenarian -- that's certainly a factor that may be figured in."

Gawker's Adam Weinstein: Looking into the mind of an elderly man who comes armed to a matinee showing of Lone Survivor shouldn't take long, really. But then again, this is Florida, where George Zimmerman was found not guilty, and where lawmakers are currently considering adding warning shots and the brandishing of weapons to the list of acts that could be protected under the stand your ground law. Until it all shakes out, residents are probably best served by a Redbox. Or kevlar.

State Rep. Janet Cruz: "I worry about where we're headed with this Stand Your Ground. I really do."

State Sen. Dwight Bullard: "I can't for the life of me figure out why those who have been proponents of Stand Your Ground can't see the flaw in the law."

Etiquette expert Anna Post: "It is a tricky world we live in these days, with other people's rudeness. Sometimes people forget that it's in their power to remove themselves from an immediate situation. … They're so busy trying to force the other person to change."

Etiquette expert Patricia Rossi: "All we want is to be valued and respected. Obviously both parties felt they were being devalued. Moving to another seat could have been offensive to (Reeves). … (Oulson) probably felt like: 'I'm a grown man. I belong in here just like you do.' Some people would feel like they're giving up, being wimpy. But to me, that's always the brave act, to just resolve it with no conflict."

The Times' John Romano: When did we become so angry?

[Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 11:23am]


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