Florida was once thought of as a pretty gun-friendly state. While they weren’t the freest when it came to the Second Amendment, there was plenty of reason to not worry about your firearms if you found yourself moving down there. You were probably pretty good to go.
Then Parkland happened, and politicians got antsy. The media and anti-gun groups bullied lawmakers into passing a slew of anti-gun legislation that directly inhibits the right of adult Americans to keep and bear arms.
Now, the National Rifle Association is ready to hold people accountable.
The four-page survey asks if current candidates will repeal certain elements of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott just three weeks after the massacre for which it is named.
“We can never replace the 17 lives that were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and we can never erase the traumatic experience that lives on in the memories of those who survived this horrific attack,” said Senate President Joe Negron, a Republican from Stuart, about 70 miles north of Parkland. “However, we will do everything we can to address the failure of government to effectively address the numerous warning signs that should have identified the perpetrator as a danger to others.”
The NRA promptly sued the state for enacting the legislation — which criminalizes possession of bump stocks and implements age restrictions on long gun sales — insisting the bill violates constitutional rights.
“Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “The ban is particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban.”
The text of the survey published by the Tampa Bay Times makes it clear that the NRA isn’t playing around. For example, one question directly asks if candidates will vote to repeal laws like Florida’s new age limit on purchasing long guns.
However, at least one Democratic candidate seems to think the NRA should keep a calendar of shootings so they can make sure their mailers don’t arrive the least bit close to when something bad happened. Guns.com highlighted this one in particular:
Candidate questionnaire from the @NRA, sent to me a week before the two year mark of #Pulse. Hard pass, and heading to the recycle bin. @noNRAmoney #NeverAgain #sayfie #flapol pic.twitter.com/LT1tzNDb8W
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) June 5, 2018
A week before the two-year mark, huh? Well, what’s the appropriate time? Two weeks before? A day after?
I’m constantly baffled by how anti-gun groups have a full 365 days to peddle their nonsense, but the NRA is somehow supposed to limit their efforts to approved timeframes that no one on the planet knows about until after the fact. Of course, that’s just how it goes for them. What anti-gun candidates and activists really want is the NRA to shut up and go away so they can run roughshod over our constitutionally protected rights.
It’s kind of a thing for them, these days.