GOP LEGISLATORS KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE, BUT NOT THEIR CONSTITUENTS–FLORIDA’S MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
Florida is heaven for The National Rifle Association.
The NRA gives the Republican-dominated legislature an “A” for its stunningly lax firearms laws, including easy access to assault-grade rifles. And the cash-rich gun lobby and our Republican legislators aim to keep it that way.
Here’s one example that’s largely gone under the radar during the furor over the slaughter in a Broward County high school:
It’s legal in Florida to carry a concealed weapon, with 14 exceptions. For example, it’s illegal to bring a concealed firearm into a house of prostitution, which is illegal to begin with. Likewise, it’s illegal to bring a concealed firearm into the state Legislature while in session. Makes sense. Both take cash.However, it’s perfectly legal to carry a concealed weapon into a house of worship now, and state Sen. Dennis Braxley (R-12) wants to make certain that “right” is protected — even if some Congress down the road adopts laws to the contrary. His bill (SB-1048) has sailed through committees in both houses.
HOW COWARDLY ARE OUR GOP LEGISLATIVE BRETHREN?
So legislators are safe, but they seem so willing to put at risk the rest of us, including our school children and worshippers. Any disturbed person with a grudge against Christians, Jews or Muslims can open fire without warning. Think Charleston, SC.
Legislators safe. Worshippers not. And don’t count on the NRA , Gov Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio or local Rep. Bill Posey to have it any other way.
The NRA’s position
Summary of Florida’s lax gun laws
Rich Leonard, Communications Committee