There is currently a record cold snap in central and south Florida, which is just Wrong.
I mean, if you choose to live in some place like Buffalo, New York, or Icepick, Minnesota, or even up the road here in Quincy, you have to expect that December temperatures will be, well, December temperatures.
But not in Florida. No. Because that is the tropics. That is the Caribbean. Even in December, one should be able to live like a decent human being there, instead of a beast hunkered down in the cold in a cave.
But no. Not now. Now, down in Florida, fish are dying, manatees are huddled around power plants, pets are being ordered indoors, fruits and vegetables are shivering, helicopters are crashing as they attempt to warm crops in the Everglades, houses are catching on fire, people are being forced to wear pants and shoes, and in Miami a man waiting in line at a McDonald’s, cold in the brisk morning air, thrust his hands into his pockets to warm them, and there inadvertently pulled the trigger of his .22 derringer, shooting himself in the leg.
[Rafael Ubeda] said no one in line with him reacted, but the manager of the restaurant asked him to leave, so he did. The manager then followed Ubeda out to the parking lot, got a description of his vehicle, and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies stopped the car about six miles south. Detective Mike Wilkinson responded and was interviewing Ubeda when he noticed blood on the man’s pants leg. Ubeda was not aware of the fact that he’d shot himself in the leg.
Paramedics took him to Mariner’s Hospital, where he was treated for his injury. Ubeda will not be charged in connection with the accidental discharge of his firearm because Florida law requires the discharge of a firearm to be done “knowingly” in order for it to result in an arrest[.]