Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who has been aligned with conservatives and Trump on almost every issue, broke sharply with the NRA in proposing and then signing a new gun bill into law this week.
Far from a moderate, Scott nonetheless took measures that many gun rights activists see as fundamentally in conflict with the Second Amendment and, perhaps more immediately disconcerting, utterly useless in actually preventing further school shootings. The NRA was so disgusted by the bill that they immediately filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida, and Republicans like Rep. Ron DeSantis criticized Scott for giving in to the gun-grabbing left.
The new law will raise the minimum age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21, expand waiting periods from handguns to long guns, and eliminate the sale of bump stocks, devices which allow the shooter to speed the rate of fire on a semiautomatic rifle.
In an interview with Fox News, DeSantis, who is running for governor himself, said Scott was on the wrong side of the issue.
“I think when you start getting into some of the blanket restrictions on people’s Second Amendment rights, I think that is constitutionally vulnerable,” he said. “I mean think about it – you have an enumerated right in the Bill of Rights, there’s really no precedent to just do a blanket ban on certain adults.”
Scott felt under pressure to do something in the wake of the Parkland school massacre last month, and he went about as far as any Republican would possibly go to satisfy those calling for more gun control. One might imagine that Democrats would be thrilled with the concessions; they certainly didn’t get everything they wanted, but they got a pretty strong piece of legislation that goes further than anything they could have reasonably expected from a Republican state legislature and a Republican governor.
One might imagine…
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum blasted Scott: “Florida’s elected officials simply have not done enough to stop our gun violence epidemic, and that remains true even with the Governor’s signature today.”
Gubernatorial hopeful Philip Levine: “It falls short of the public demands set by the majority of Floridians and the student survivors. We need to ban assault weapons, pass universal background checks, and we certainly don’t need more guns in our schools.”
If Scott wants to be an effective senator for the state, he needs to pay attention to this reaction from the left. There IS NO satisfying these loons. They will not be happy until they have barred every American from owning a gun, and hell, then they’ll probably start coming after knives and baseball bats. There is no profit in “giving in a little” to their demands. This law will do nothing to stop the next school shooting, nothing to bring down the overall rate of gun violence, and will only keep law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights. It’s useless, politically and practically.
Let it be a lesson to all Republicans who want to impress the Democrats with their open-mindedness. It. Does. Not. Work. Ever.