Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

gun control lobby gets desperate

The gun control establishment has been on the decline for some years now. Absent Columbine-style incidents that can be manipulated into public and legislative sympathy for more restrictions on second amendment rights, the general trend has been to relax sometimes irrational restrictions on the public's rights to own firearms.

The fact is that claimed terrible consequences that the gun control establishment has stated would result from increased firearm rights have simply not come about. Instead, crime rates seem to come down as gun rights increase. It will result in a major blow to the gun control lobby and their highly paid staffers if voters in places like Washington DC and New York start to become aware that increased gun ownership by law-abiding citizens will lead to less crime and that the gun control lobby has lied and misrepresented facts for years.

A sign of the lobby's desperation is their attempt to convince Florida visitors that recent changes in Florida's self defense laws will lead to shootings of innocent visitors. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth as the gun control lobby well knows. The intent of the Florida law is to permit individuals to exercise longstanding rights to self defense without fear of prosecution by aggressive liberal prosecutors. Having long ago lost credibility with Florida voters and legislators, the gun control lobby is now resorting to passing out misleading leaflets and sponsoring misleading advertisements to visitors to the state.

One thing you can be sure the gun control lobby will never do is to compare crime rates in places with substantial firearms freedoms like Florida with those in Washington, DC or New York City with the most stringent firearms control in the country.


At 3:52 PM, Blogger RightDemocrat said...

The NRA is taking on big business in supporting legislation in Florida that would guarantee the right of workers to keep a gun in a locked vehicle in the company parking lot. Workers often have to travel through dangerous areas to get to their place of employment. If a company bans guns locked in a car of their parking lot, they are in effect prohibiting the employee from having a gun while traveling to and from work. It's a classic case of the rights of workers versus big business interests. I would love to see the NRA win this one. I hope that Governor Jeb Bush will grow a spine and support this proposal. Bush claims to support the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. I know that he caved into the illegal aliens on the driver's license issue, but let's hope that Bush will take a stand for the safety of Florida's workers by allowing them to travel to and from work with guns. If a company is worried about potential workplace violence, hire more security guards - the cost can come out of the absurd salaries being paid to corporate CEO's. You will note that country club Republicans like the chairman of Duval County's Republican Party - also a big business lobbyist - are lining up against the proposal. Link to article from Florida Times-Union http://tinyurl.com/8wgmg


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