Florida Governor Rick Scott Defies NRA, Signs Gun Control Bill Which Includes Confiscation
Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott defied both the National Rifle Association and his conservative supporters by signing into law gun regulations that enact gun confiscation and longer waiting periods. The gun control law is called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
Scott (R) signed a “$400 million” gun control bill that ticks off both sides of the political aisle and in the end will abridge our Second Amendment rights and open the door not only to gun confiscation, but to a gun registry, which is what the left wants. The Los Angeles Times reports that the bill also bans bump stocks… which were not even used in the Florida school shooting… and raises the minimum purchase age for long guns from 18 years of age to 21.
This is what the act covers:
- Raises the minimum age for firearm purchases to 21 from 18.
- Imposes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases.
- Bans the sale or possession of bump stocks.
- Funds a program to allow some teachers and school staff to carry guns after 132 hours of firearm training and 12 hours of diversity training.
- Makes it easier for law enforcement to temporarily seize guns and ammo from people with mental health issues.
- Provides additional funding for mental health services.
- Funds the destruction and rebuilding of Douglas High School’s freshman building.
Scott calls this common sense, conservatives and constitutionalists call it gun control.
Scott claims that he opposes parts of the law, including the new waiting period and the program to arm teachers. “I am going to do what I think are common sense solutions,” Scott said, according to The Washington Post. “I think this is the beginning. There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe.” No there isn’t. He signed the act anyway even though he disagrees with it and says it is a good start, which it is not. I agree on being against the waiting period, but he should have supported arming the teachers. He should not have opened the door to gun confiscation via civil asset forfeiture either. And what the heck is diversity training?
This is a purely political move by Scott who is getting ready to embark on a Senate bid against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in Florida. He lambasted the Trump administration for failing to take what he calls meaningful steps following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. “If you look at the federal government, nothing seems to have happened there,” Scott said. “You go elect people, you expect them to represent you, get things done.” Training and arming teachers is the first thing to do, not the last. Hiring retired police and veterans and letting them be armed security at schools is another. But taking away the right to bear arms in the name of gun control is not doing something. It’s fascist.
Scott has a triple-A rating with the NRA… or he used to. The governor’s support of the bill contrasts with his comments on the Second Amendment, made at the NRA Annual Meeting in April. “We love tourists, new residents and the Second Amendment,” Scott said in April, according to The Washington Post. “What does ‘shall not’ infringe on the people’s right to bear arms mean? It means shall not infringe. It’s not really complicated.” He said that when it was politically expedient to do so. Now, he’s suddenly changed his tune.
The law strikes a tenuous political middle ground, as Democrats and other gun control advocates would have preferred to see an assault weapons ban included, while many Republicans, the NRA and other gun rights advocates believe the restrictions in the law represent a violation of the Second Amendment, which it does. The NRA tried to head this off by mobilizing citizens against the bill in Florida, but it did not work. Emotions are running too high and leftists and squishy Republicans are too eager to win points here.
“YOU and every other law-abiding gun owner is being blamed for an atrocious act of premeditated murder,” wrote NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer. “Neither the 3-day waiting period on all rifles and shotguns, raising the age from 18 to 21 to buy any firearm, or the bump stock ban will have any effect on crime. Despite that fact, Senate leaders rammed through gun control as part of the bill.”
The Florida Education Association opposed the funding to arm teachers, which Scott allowed in the law despite having the ability to use a line-item veto to reject it. He says one thing and does another. This was a shameful move by Scott and will not be forgotten anytime soon.