Michael Foster, AKA, “Florida Man”

Oh Florida Man, what have you done now?

Michael Foster was charged with battery for attacking another customer, Clarence Daniels, at Walmart, 11110 Causeway Blvd, Brandon.

Just before noon Tuesday, Foster, 43, of Lithia, saw Daniels in the Walmart parking lot in possession of a handgun that was in a holster and under his coat, the sheriff’s office said.

Foster followed Daniels in the parking lot and into the store. While in the store, Foster attacked Daniels, 62, of Seffner, the sheriff’s office said.

Foster grabbed Daniels from behind in a choke hold and then took him to the ground, the sheriff’s office said.

While both men struggled, Foster yelled that Daniels had a gun. Daniels also yelled that he had a permit to legally carry the gun, the sheriff’s office said.

This may come as a shock to rabid anti-gun liberals and would-be dysfunctional super heroes, but owning and carrying a concealed firearm is perfectly legal in all 50 states (to varying degrees).

I would love for people who support gun control and who think concealed carriers are violent to take a long, hard look at this story.

After arriving at his destination, Mr. Daniels slipped a holstered handgun into his pants, which is perfectly legal.

Foster saw this, and then jumped to conclusions based upon incomplete data (and apparently, a complete ignorance of the law). Foster then tackled Daniels from behind and attempted to control him some sort of incompetent chokehold.

At this moment, Clarence Daniels had every legal right to draw his gun and shoot Michael Foster. He made the conscious decision not to take Foster’s life.

Despite behind unexpectedly attacked, Mr. Daniels kept his composure, grasped that while Foster was attacking him from behind, he wasn’t attempting to kill him, and Daniels refrained from drawing his weapon and filling Foster’s entrails full of hot lead.

This interaction rather neatly makes a number of points:

  1. Supporters of gun control are fear-filled and ignorant of the law.
  2. Some supporters of gun control are not only ignorant of the law, but fearful and violent.
  3. Most concealed carriers are extremely reluctant to use their firearms, even when they have a legal right to do so.

Once again, the “rivers of blood” that were promised by hysterical gun control cultists when Florida became the model for the modern concealed carry movement 28 years ago simply never came to pass. Lawful citizens are lawful citizens, and firearms are not talismans that turn lawful concealed carriers into raving sociopaths.

They do, however, apparently drive supporters of gun control completely insane.

Perhaps we should outlaw gun control groups… for the children.