The Washington Free Beacon did a wonderfully humorous job fisking a post at Gawker regarding Florida’s so-called “Warning Shot” law. I previously have explained and debunked many of the myths about the law, Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.
The headline of the WFB piece, written by CJ Ciaramella, captures the gist of the matter succintly: “Gawker Got Literally Everything Wrong About Florida’s New Warning Shots Bill.“
In reading the Gawker article by Adam Weinstein, one can’t help but wonder if the piece wasn’t the product of a bet challenging Weinstein to achieve utter perfection in getting every facet of the subject matter wrong.
From the headline–“The NRA Literally Wrote Florida’s New Bill to Legalize Warning Shots“–forward, about the only correct thing contained in the piece is the spelling of individual names.
Ciaramella thoroughly debunks the core of the Gawker piece — the NRA had, in fact, utterly nothing to do with the writing of Florida’s SB 448/HB 89, the so-called “warning shot” bill. In fact, it was a group concerned about mandatory minimum sentences.
Yet the Gawker piece makes so many more erroneous claims that I thought it would be worthwhile — and an enjoyable use of a snowy Saturday morning in New England — to touch upon some of them over at Legal Insurrection:
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