March 29, 2015: Response to Gun Insanity

Paul P. Carlucci of Valrico expressed the opinion in the March 24, 2015 Tampa Tribune that guns on college campuses is an insane idea.  His arguments mirror the earlier comments of Chryl Anderson of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in which she describes college life as “toxic”.  Like Chryl Anderson, Paul Carlucci ignores the concept that the legislation is designed to restore the Second Amendment rights of adults who have met the requirements of the State of Florida to carry a concealed firearm.  There is a distinction between a person who has a firearm on their person and a person who carries a concealed firearm with a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License (CWFL).  I will agree that there are immature college students, just as there are immature people in the general population. 

 Legislation to restore the rights of CWFL holders who are on a campus has nothing to do with immature drunks (unless they violently threaten a CWFL holder who is armed).  Continue reading

March 12, 2015: More on SB 176 and HB 4005

Jim Turner wrote for News Service of Florida in an article appearing in the March 10, 2015 Tampa Tribune that a small rally was held on the steps of the Old Capitol to demonstrate against SB 176 and HB 4005.  The sponsors of the rally were none other than Everytown for Gun Safety and the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Chryl Anderson of Moms describes the atmosphere of college life as “toxic” because of alcohol, drugs and surprisingly “academic pressures”.  Her simple explanation for opposing these two bills is that “adding guns would make things worse.”  Continue reading

March 5, 2015: SB 290 and HB 493 Still a Bad Idea

The Evacuation gun bill has progressed through House and Senate committees and has picked up endorsement by the Florida Sheriffs’ Association.    The current versions establish time frames and activity (be in the act of evacuation) that previous attempts at this type of legislation did not.

Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D-Boynton Beach) who supports the bill stated that a forced evacuation would cause evacuees to “leave their gun in their home for looters, or anybody else can come in and take them.”  This logic has two errors.  Continue reading