Gun-control free zone
State House passes memorial bill telling Congress that Florida will resist or overturn federal gun-control measures
Published: April 24, 2013
NUMBER OF AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WERE VICTIMS OF A CRIME COMMITTED WITH A FIREARM IN 2011
NUMBER OF FIREARM-INVOLVED VIOLENT CRIMES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN 2011
NUMBER OF FIREARM-INVOLVED VIOLENT CRIMES IN ORANGE COUNTY IN 2011
“I’VE HEARD FOLKS SAY THAT HAVING THE FAMILIES OF VICTIMS LOBBY FOR THIS LEGISLATION WAS SOMEHOW MISPLACED. A PROP, SOMEBODY CALLED THEM. ARE THEY SERIOUS? DO WE REALLY THINK THAT THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN SHATTERED BY GUN VIOLENCE DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO WEIGH IN ON THE ISSUE?”
– PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA RESPONDING TO THE U.S. SENATE’S FAILURE TO PASS UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUNS ON APRIL 17
Sources: National Institute of Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
GUNS ’N’ POSES
With all of the searing noise of lives literally exploding last week – and the horrific, made-for-TV psycho manhunt that followed – you would think some modicum of common-sense reprieve might be in order, if only to soothe the shattered souls of a nation in mourning. Nope, not if you happened to be a U.S. senator with your toes tied by the nimble and shaky fingers of National Rifle Association mongrel-in-chief Wayne LaPierre. According to his fetid shroud of influence, everything needs to just stay the same, faggots, because freedom.
Sure, it’s not necessarily fair to draw direct comparisons between the Boston Marathon bombing massacre on April 15 and the Senate’s 54-46 failing (see: filibuster, governmental idiocy) vote on universal background checks for gun purchasers two days later, but the violent echo that it represents – a real one-two kick of traumatic proportions – is certainly worth noting. Just four months after the Newtown massacre ripped the nation to shreds, and in front of some of those families who were so recently affected by that irrational embrace of ultimate power, the Senate stared down the wishes of 90 percent of polled Americans and killed the bill that might have saved a few lives. President Obama was quick to blame the lying liars who lie at the NRA, and Democrats and sane people alike agreed that this fight wasn’t over, or something.
Well, it certainly wasn’t in Florida! Even though the last empty casings of democracy had already dropped to the ground in the nation’s capitol, the Florida House of Representatives – ever the relevant crowd of rural nihilists – saw fit to continue with what amounted to a declaration of (civil?) war against Obama’s intentions to curtail irresponsible gun proliferation. House Memorial Bill 545, titled “Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” shot its way onto the floor with reckless abandon.
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