Good morning. It's Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
The fact that "stand your ground" defenses have been staggeringly successful in Florida in recent years suggests that it's been embedded into more than just jury instructions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Tampa Bay Times study from 2012 shows that "as 'stand your ground' claims have increased, so too has the number of Floridians with guns. Concealed weapons permits now stand at 1.1 million, three times as many as in 2005 when the law was passed." Put bluntly: As Floridians sense that other Floridians plan to shoot first, they buy more guns.
The gun lobby has single-handedly made certain that the very definition of what one might reasonably expect from an altercation at a Walmart, a movie theater or a gas station has changed. By seeking to arm everyone in America, the NRA has in fact changed our reasonable expectation of how fights will end, into a self-fulfilling prophecy about how fights will end.
"We're bringing Silicon Valley here to Florida." Click.
But the quote of the morning? Comes from a guy named Guy. "I don't understand. I thought cocaine wasn't illegal in Florida."
Fake or Florida is a new thing on Seth Meyers' show.
Goodness me. One of polo's great players died this week playing the sport in Florida.
Ermin Luis, 18, spoke exclusively to NBC2's Alex De Armas about what he called an "out of the box" and "confusing night." Sure was.
Florida, according to the well-being index, is pretty ... average.
Isn't Florida Tourism Day every day?