Florida cracks down on guns -- squirt guns, that is

  • Article by: FRANK CERABINO , Cox Newspapers
  • Updated: October 23, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Let he (or she) who is without mischief cast the first water balloon.


The youngest campers at Camp Invention cool off with a splash of water after a game of "Little Squirts" during recess remix. Camp Invention is a national, nonprofit science enrichment program from the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — News item: A 19-year-old Port St. Lucie, Fla., woman was arrested after she squirted her boyfriend with a water pistol while he was playing an Xbox video game quietly in his bedroom.

Three witnesses told police that Giovanna Borge was angry last month when she squirted her boyfriend, who retaliated by pouring water over her and hitting her with a pillow.

Borge was charged with misdemeanor battery for being the “primary aggressor” with the water pistol.

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Thank you for taking time from your busy lives to serve as prospective jurors for this gun-crime trial. I will be prosecuting this case for the State of Florida.

As part of my duties I will be asking you some questions to determine whether you would be a suitable juror for this matter.

As you know, our jury system relies on having an impartial jury of peers in criminal trials.

The defendant is Giovanna Borge, that young woman sitting over there. She is charged with initiating an attack on her boyfriend with a gun.

As you will hear during the trial, about 70 percent of the murders in Florida are committed by people with guns.

And while the gun in this case fires water, instead of bullets, it doesn’t change the fact that this serious gateway crime ... Oh, I see a hand. Prospective Juror No. 15, do you have a question? ... Why, yes. I’m talking about a water pistol ... Yes, just water.

Do you think that’s funny? ... You do?

How many other people in the jury pool find it funny that we’re here to consider a gun crime with a water pistol that resulted in no injuries?

OK, everybody. Please put your hands down.

Your honor, I would ask you to please instruct the prospective jurors not to laugh. Your honor, I would ask you please not to laugh, as well.

Let’s try this from another angle. How many of you in the jury pool have ever fired a water pistol at another person?

OK. Please put your hands down.

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