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Gun-control free zone

State House passes memorial bill telling Congress that Florida will resist or overturn federal gun-control measures

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“The legislature, on behalf of the government and citizens of the state, hereby notifies the Congress and the President that it intends to lawfully use all of its authority and power to resist or overturn any federal gun control measure that violates the right of the people of this state to keep or bear arms,” the measure reads in part.

Um, OK. According to the Miami Herald, when one Democrat pointed out that, no, this wouldn’t be necessary because gun control just died in Congress, the floor erupted in applause. Not for sanity; for death. “One representative shouted ‘Let liberty ring!’ before making the sound of loading a gun and asking his colleagues to support the bill,” the Herald reported. Of course, most of them did. The “bill” (or memorial) was passed by a wider than expected margin of 81-36, partially because some Democrats thought this idiocy was necessary. Wait, what?

“I’m curious as to why at least five Florida House Democrats voted in favor of sending a memorial to Congress opposing federal gun legislation, including background checks,” Orange County Tax Collector and local Democratic Party chair Scott Randolph posted on his Facebook account. “Can someone in Tallahassee explain this vote to me? Republicans making childish gun noises and you voting with them. We wonder why we can’t motivate others as a party.”

Indeed, a handful of Democrats – among them Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando – did hit the green “Y” button, and a couple of them took to Randolph’s post to defend themselves. Except they couldn’t, really.

Stewart, specifically, made the mistake of writing something to the effect of “we had 66 bills today,” as a means of defending why she hadn’t quite read this one. Also, “leadership” told her it was fine. When we called her about it, it got even cloudier.

“It’s not as bad as everyone says,” she says. “It has things about background checks in it.”

It doesn’t. We’ve read it. Regardless, Stewart righted her wrong by symbolically switching her vote the next day to the negative. Not that it matters. We’ll be hearing Republicans making gun noises for at least another year – or at least until the next national tragedy shakes us senseless.

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