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  •  Germans were warned (18+ / 0-)

    after several German tourists were killed in Florida, during the 90's I believe.

    I remember this because there was a grunge band or a punk band or something called "Dead German Tourists" and I read the article about the travel advisory from the German Government in the context of learning about the band name.  

    The E key is sticking on my keyboard, sorry if any of this looks funny.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:43:19 PM PST

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    •  Not just Germans, I don't think (13+ / 0-)
      memories of the early 1990's, when, after a rash of attacks by local residents on foreign visitors to Miami and other Florida cities, rental car companies distributed brochures warning tourists to keep their doors locked and not to stop if their car was bumped.
      And that little snippet is part of a larger story from 2005
      The group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, based in Washington, began handing out fliers at Miami International Airport on Monday, cautioning visitors to take "sensible precautions" and to be aware that altercations on highways, in nightclubs or on the beach could provoke a shooting.

      The fliers offer tips like "Do not argue unnecessarily with local people," and "If someone appears to be angry with you, maintain to the best of your ability a positive attitude and do not shout or make threatening gestures."

      The group said it was passing out the fliers to protest Florida's new "stand your ground" law, which lets people use guns or other deadly force to defend themselves in public places without first trying to escape.

      The law took effect Saturday, six months after the Legislature passed it. The National Rifle Association had lobbied hard for its passage.

      And here we are in 2012 - and nothing much has changed.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:34:35 PM PST

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