Florida boycott plan is half-baked

August 13, 2013

Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby's proposed boycott of Florida is a terrible idea ("Councilman wants Baltimore to boycott Florida after Zimmerman trial," Aug. 9). Since he is trying to protest the "stand your ground" law, it is only fair to protest it across the board. The resolution would encourage city agencies and investment boards to avoid doing business with companies in the Sunshine state as well as to traveling to the state itself.

To be fair, we should apply the same resolution to the many states that have some form of stand-your-ground law. These include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts (though the term is used very loosely there), Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia. Wisconsin and Wyoming have adopted Castle Doctrine statutes, and other states (Iowa, Virginia and Washington) have considered stand-your-ground laws of their own. Now Mr. Councilman, if we boycott all these states, guess what they will do in return? Now that should help Baltimore.

Stas Chrzanowski, Canton

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