‘Assault Weapon’ Ban in Florida… Anti-Gun Groups Join Forces to Put it on the Ballot

Two groups in Florida believe voters will back a constitutional amendment banning “assault weapons.” (Photo: Ban Assault Weapons Now Facebook)

Two Florida-based anti-gun groups have joined forces to put a constitutional amendment on the state’s 2020 general election ballot to ban “assault weapons” in the Gunshine State.

The organizations – Americans for Gun Safety Now (AFGSN) and Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) – must gather 766,200 petition signatures from registered Florida voters to place the amendment on Florida’s 2020 ballot. Once on the ballot, a Florida constitutional amendment must gain 60 percent of the vote to become law.

“The assault rifle, and its ability to fire approximately one hundred rounds a minute, can be purchased legally with no proof of training, no background check, and no regulations what so ever,” said Gail Schwartz, BAWNs chair, and the aunt of Alex Schachter who was killed at Parkland. “Our goal is to take military-style firearms off the shelves thus saving the lives of innocent people.”

It’s unclear how many signatures the groups can garner in the next two years. Neither have large followings on social media nor high-profile members in leadership positions. Florida has also been a historically pro-gun state, boasting some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country.

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Still, the Florida legislature passed a hastily written package of gun control laws in the wake of the Parkland massacre, and the state’s law enforcement agencies haven’t been shy about using the new “red flag” law to confiscate firearms.

The Parkland massacre has also prompted corporations and banks to support anti-gun policies, and these same big-money organizations could choose to throw their weight behind initiatives like this one. Signatures can be bought, and ballot initiatives often depend on which side spends the most money on advertising.

The agenda of these organizations extends far beyond an “assault weapon,” of course. Americans for Gun Safety Now! lists six policies it hopes to push at the national level:

  • Eliminate Bump Stocks
  • Limit High Capacity Magazines and Armor Piercing Ammo
  • Express Support for 2nd Amendment Rights
  • Raise the National Limit for all Gun Sales to 21 Years of Age
  • Expand Universal Background Checks
  • Provide Additional Support for Mental Health Services

SEE ALSO: Federal Gun Registration Bill Introduced By Florida Senator

“In the immediate future – we will be working hard to bring forth a legislative package that we believe can build bipartisan support to make our schools, and entire nation safer,” AFGSN says on their website.

Ban Assault Weapons Now is less diplomatic.

“Again and again we’ve stood witness to innocent lives lost at the hands of madmen armed with military-style assault weapons like the AR-15,” the group says. “Again and again our elected leaders have failed to act on getting these weapons of war out of civilian hands. For our children, for our families, for our loved ones, for our communities, we must act where our politicians have failed to.”

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • GaryGary July 12, 2020, 9:31 am

    July12 2020

    Why is this Sept. 2019 still being used to inflame gun owners ? The FL poloticans squelched this anti gun BS so it’s OVER !

  • Stephen Kovacs July 10, 2020, 6:02 am

    Do any of the anti-gun bleeding heart liberals know the definition of an “assault weapon”.
    Do any of the anti-gun bleeding heart liberals know or believe in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    Do any of the anti-gun bleeding heart liberals believe in the individuals right to self defense, the right to defend home or family.
    Do any of the anti-gun bleeding heart liberals know the laws pertaining to firearm purchasing and ownership.
    Do any of the anti-gun bleeding heart liberals know a true “assault weapon” having the ability to fire “full auto” require additional “Class III” background checks and licenses.
    The anti-gun bleeding heart liberals depend on fear, lies, and misreputaion to bully their “views” onto unknowing individuals.
    It is always the guns fault, not the individual holding the weapon, gang violence, drug addiction, failure of parents,
    not accepting reponsibility for one’s actions…. or just plain stupidity.

  • MIKE OKELLY September 23, 2018, 9:58 pm


  • Jerry S. September 17, 2018, 8:57 am

    By using the bogus term. “assault weapon”, they are encompassing just about anything they wish to ban. The old bolt rifles of WWI would fall under their definitions. Like someone else said, the lowly .22 Ruger could be included. It is time for conservatives to be hard core about defeating this crap. I implore you to vote in November and not for any candidate with a (D) in front of his/her name.

  • John September 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

    Is there a way to head this action off before it gains momentum, Is the NRA aware? how about a suit against the author of this bill before Pam Bondie can 86 the gun owners of the State of Florida.

  • LostProton September 15, 2018, 10:12 pm

    What is an assault weapon? Let us go back in time 1000 years to the Mamluk Dynasty or the Ottoman Empire that history records several million “infidels” killed by the Islamic nations by the sword at the command of Allah in the Qur’an, therefore a sword. What universal authority accepted by the entire world defines the words “assault weapon”; no one! The anti-gun politicians are defining the term that could be anything from a baseball bat to a machinegun at their own whim. So if you own a Ruger semiautomatic10/22, 22 caliber rifle you could be on the list for confiscation by the anti-gunners, not alone an AR15 semiautomatic 5.56 mm caliber rifle, that the un-authoritative media has defined in pictures as an “assault weapon”.

  • FirstStateMark September 15, 2018, 12:26 pm

    “766,200 petition signatures”. Better check for dead people, people out-of-state and just plain made up names. This will be the most dishonest corrupted ballot that the state probably has ever seen. I’m sure that snowflake David Hogg will be pushing his political agenda backed by CNN and MSNBC as well as all the Hollywood elites.

  • Stan September 14, 2018, 7:46 pm

    They repeat the same lies & disinformation that they’ve been fed. All to generate outrage and an emotional response calculated to further their subversive goal of disarming Americans.
    The scary part is, too many fall for it.

  • Mat Johnson September 14, 2018, 3:42 pm

    At least this should bring the conservative base out to vote. Help conservative candidates. Just hope they don’t try to legalize pot this time that may get it to pass. Hopefully will be put down in Supreme Court if passed. One more Judge after this one.

  • Larry Rowe September 14, 2018, 1:42 pm

    The comment about ” Germany doing us a favor ” hurts us all and our cause. It will be the one Feinstein centers on, ” See they are all radical fools and we need to stop the idiots and protect them from themselves”. Fellow gun advocates please think before we spew hatred like that. We need to focus on the real concern: protecting our right to Keep and Bear Arms. Look at Feinstein’s attack on Brett K. : an unnamed source has an unnamed concern about what he did when he was in high school maybe but requested name, date and details withheld. So she says she respects the wishes but thought we all should know about it anyway. No basis of fact at all and where is the Constitutional right to be confronted by your accuser ? This is what we are up against, pure ignorance. We cannot play into their hands sounding like who they think we are !!

  • david eide September 14, 2018, 1:28 pm

    Of all the anti-gun groups wanting to ban this gun and that gun, rarely if any discussion has been made on the “alledeged” shooter, and how he was not charged for the numerous previous attempts of “harm” to individuals,animals etc. The Broward Co.
    sheriff’s Office(Sheriff Israel) had many chances to disarm this person with a ‘Baker-Act’, but instead wanted to keep school crime stasts low and put him in “special” programs throughout his school years. The FBI dropped the ball after investigating a facebook page where he, the shooter bragged about shooting-up a school. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE OVER THESE ACTIONS!!!!!!!!

  • pjw September 14, 2018, 11:26 am

    Florida’s problems are airports and interstate highways, both bring brain dead liberals from the North East and other liberal bastions. Fifty years ago Florida’s population was made up people born in the state, now a flood of liberals have poisoned our
    gorgeous state. Please all you Communists go south of Miami to Cuba and improve the entire United States.

    • Ralph Jakubik September 14, 2018, 11:17 pm

      Well said!!!!

    • Riggarob September 15, 2018, 4:22 pm

      We have the same problem here in New Hampshire. They’re all moving up from Massachusetts and screwing up our Republican state. We now have 3 female Democratic senator / Congress people. Now we have another Democratic woman running for governor in November. If that happens New Hampshire’s totally screwed. And all because of the liberal Democratic Progressives that moved up from Mass and Connecticut to New Hampshire.

  • Al September 14, 2018, 11:16 am

    And yet, even now we barely speak of those lives that could have been saved if certain family members of many of the wackos committing these shootings had just done more than whisper within the family.
    Or if members of the Psychiatric community had contacted authorities, instead of worrying about so called Doctor/patient confidentiality.
    Of course, it WOULD be helpful if the cops did a decent job, when in fact they get the info.
    In short, they concentrate on the inanimate object, instead of the perpetrator.
    And when the perp pulls a McVeigh move, or uses the truck itself, barely a peep from the MSM, other than a factual reporting of the incident.
    Logic has left the building folks.

  • Bob G September 14, 2018, 10:26 am

    What store can I get a AR at with no background check? And it’s full auto? Really? Pure stupidity at its finest!
    These so called people are worried about guns, unfortunately they really aren’t worried about the school systems anymore, they don’t teach cursive so the generations to come can’t read the Bill of Rights or the Constitution in its entirety as it was written by our forefathers. The men who saw way beyond their time of what people would perceive and do. Reality is rough for those who believe in unicorns and the tooth fairy.
    They all can come have my weapons unfortunately for the communists they will start collecting ammo first. Wake up people a single right and all is lost.

  • Morris Jaskula September 14, 2018, 10:11 am

    It simple to prove them all liars


    Yes they look ALMOST IDENTICAL but they are NOT.

    No different than taking two 1968 Chevy Corvette and putting a blown 427 cu in motor in one an a carbureted 283 cu in motor in the other–they look the same till you look under the hood and baaaaaaaaaaaam—kinda like a bicycle and a motorcycle.
    Unfortunately its not that simple because the whiny assed gun haters dont really know what they are talking about, they are too lazy to become educated on the subject–all they know is what they have been told and that is all lies except that AR-15s and M-16s are both black in color.Ya Ya –I know–some of the parts are interchangeable but its that little “SELECTOR SWITCH THAT IS THE DIVIDING LINE” and the fact that an M-16 will cost you nearly 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS PLUS THE $200 ATF BACKGROUND CHECK AND TAX STAMP VS AROUND $650 PLUS FOR A BASIC AR-15—-AGAIN—BAAAAAAAAAAAAAM
    I going to be 70 in December , have owned dozens of guns in my lifetime ,never shot anyone , never had any guns stolen , because I keep them all secured and none of my guns has EVER on its own just up and killed anyone.
    I at one time had an FFL ,I have had two Concealed Carry permits in Idaho and Washington and am a Vietnam Vet with PTSD , I’m not on psychotropic drugs and not a danger to anyone ,unlik the wack jobs that go out and do the mass shootings because they are upset for some reason of just want their 15 minutes of recognition–notice I didn’t say FAME—they wouldent even get the attention if the so called news media didnt sensationalise their dirty deeds and plaster their name and picture all over the T.V. for a week—I think if they didnt get the recognition then maybe these crimes might be partially eliminated and if their friends and family paid more attention to the signs and SAID SOMETHING when they see the signs then these sick-os could be helped in some way thus eliminating more shooting.

    • Godfrey Daniel September 14, 2018, 2:30 pm

      Morris; Do you think the people who don’t know the diff. between an “assault rifle” and a “modern sporting rifle” care about semantics, facts, or any kind of common sense or truth? Do yuh, really? To them If it’s black, it’s bad, period. They’ll never bow to facts, truth, or correct nomenclature. I’m a vet, myself, just turned 72 on 9/11. Trying to get those dipwads to care about correct nomenclature or fact is like spitting into the wind.

  • Dr Motown September 14, 2018, 9:47 am

    This bulls*t will continue around the country until SCOTUS has the cajones to take up more 2A cases

    • Winston September 14, 2018, 1:01 pm

      Pinning one’s hopes on the Neo-Left’s Ivy Leaguer ‘Supreme Court’ is just whistling past the graveyard. The so-called ‘Justice System’ is hopelessly corrupt.

  • joefoam September 14, 2018, 9:23 am

    the lies they use to promote these initiatives will be eaten up by the anti-gun crowd. They won’t tell anyone the truth since it has been proven that gun control laws have proven ineffective in any point in history, in any country around the world. It’s not the weapon, its the person behind it.

  • Jimmy Crack Corn September 14, 2018, 9:09 am

    Anti-gun pukes like these will never go away. That\’s why we must be ever vigilant in stomping their liberal schit into the dirt every time they come up with a new wrinkle.

  • Ceaig September 14, 2018, 8:56 am

    “The assault rifle, and its ability to fire approximately one hundred rounds a minute, can be purchased legally with no proof of training, no background check, and no regulations what so ever,” said Gail Schwartz, BAWNs chair, and the aunt of Alex Schachter who was killed at Parkland. “Our goal is to take military-style firearms off the shelves thus saving the lives of innocent people.”

    As a member of JPFO, there is the common question of “Why do so many Jews hate guns”…with comments about Feinstein, Schumer etc. as political Jews….here we have Gail Schwartz adding to the mix. Pathetic the hatred and evil of some people.

    • Sean September 14, 2018, 10:03 am

      Maybe Germany was trying to do us a favor?

      • Al September 14, 2018, 11:06 am

        Dude, really? That kind of comment is just stupid.
        Think before you type.

      • Stan September 14, 2018, 7:24 pm

        Hey Sean, GFY!

  • Johnny Raygun September 14, 2018, 8:42 am

    Florida is one the most F’ed up states in America. What a jumbled mess of people there is…It is not the weapon, it is the mind that kills. Lots of dead brained folk out there

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 7:28 pm

      Yup, and I live here. When I first moved here many years ago, I asked my roommate(a native): “Bill, what’s wrong with the people here?”
      He replied: “Didn’t take you long to find that out.”

      Hasn’t changed, only now there are a LOT more of them.

  • Sepp W September 14, 2018, 8:35 am

    “In the immediate future – we will be working hard to bring forth a legislative package that we believe can build bipartisan support to make our schools, and entire nation safer,” AFGSN says on their website.

    Bipartisan means: Republicans/Conservatives give up their beliefs/values, Democrats/Liberals give up nothing.

    This bunch can’t even get their definitions correct, thus effectively appealing to the emotions of mis-educated and illogical persons

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 7:31 pm

      Goebbels said: Make the lie big enough and repeat it often enough, and people will believe it as truth.

  • RJL September 14, 2018, 8:29 am

    Time to quote various authors on this subject!

    Hoplophobia is a political neologism coined by retired American military officer Jeff Cooper as a pejorative to describe an “irrational aversion to weapons.” It is also used to describe the “fear of firearms” or the “fear of armed citizens.” HOPLOPHOBIA. (1966) From the Greek___(weapon) plus __ (terror).

    An unreasoning, obsessive neurotic fear of weapons as such, usually accompanied by an irrational feeling that weapons possess a will or consciousness for evil, apart from the will of their user. Not equivalent to normal apprehension in the presence of an armed enemy. Hoplon also means instrument, tool or tackle, but it is the root of hoplite (man-at-arms, gendarme) and thus principally signifies “weapon” in English derivations.
    Col. Jeff Cooper, widely acclaimed as “The Father of the Modern Technique of Shooting,” introduced the two-handed grip at eye level, when it was standard for people to shoot one-handed, and often from the hip. Far less known, Cooper was a historian with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Calif. at Riverside and he held a B.A. from Stanford in Political Science.
    Hoplophobia, n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (c. 1966, coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek hoplites, weapon; see his book Principles of Personal Defense). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears, more, at mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms may cause panic attack. Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.
    Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted about their condition, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Sometimes helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as “desensitization,” a useful methodology in treating many phobias.
    Hoplophobic behavior is often obvious from self-evident irrational responses to real-life situations and is frequently seen in the news media and public debate. When a criminal commits a crime using a gun, hoplophobes often seek to disarm, or make lists of, innocent people who didn’t do anything, a common, classic and irrational response.
    The idea of creating an enormously expensive government-run 90-million-name database of legitimate gun owners — which would not include armed criminals — is a prime example of an irrational hoplophobic response to the issue of crime. How writing your name in such a list would help stop crime is never even addressed. (See, “The Only Question About Gun Registration”)
    An effort is underway nationally to have Hoplophobia recognized in the DSM, the official directory of mental ailments. Resistance from elements in the medical profession suggest this may be quite difficult, but that does not reduce the importance of recognizing a widespread, virulent, detrimental mental condition commonly found in the populace. The actual number of undiagnosed hoplophobes is unknown but believed to be in the tens of millions.
    Read Dr. Sarah Thompson’s brilliant essay on the medical nature of this affliction, the article that got the ball rolling on serious medical study of a condition affecting millions of Americans.
    Read Dr. Bruce Eimers’s insightful short description of the problem.
    Hoplophobes are dangerous. They should not be involved in setting public policy.
    Hoplophobes are victims. They are sick and need help.
    Hoplophobes deserve sympathy. It’s not their fault they are afflicted.
    Hoplophobes should seek treatment. Help shoot for a cure.

    People who are terrified of and hate guns — hoplophobes — don’t care about anything rational, and we waste our time on such arguments. They want guns to go away. They don’t trust guns. They don’t trust people who have guns, and especially people who like guns. The only exception is “official” people with guns, meaning, they’re from the government, a source of relief.
    They will seize on anything else, because Hoplophobia is an irrational fear. Conveniently for them, the language of the report itself says that the limits of this individual right have not been clearly defined.

    To a Hoplophobes, that means your right to arms can be legally limited to a single gun, with a single round, that does not operate, and is locked away, with government holding the key. And even that leaves them nervous.

    What we really need is research and medical-treatment programs for the poor, unfortunate people who are terrified of guns, won’t go near guns, who would not defend themselves or their families if they had to, and who, very plainly, hate guns.

    Hate is a terrible thing.

    It must be confronted vigorously, righteously, and in a forthright manner. Logic and law do not confront hate or help lessen it. We must learn not to tolerate gun hate, anywhere we find it.

    Hoplophobic behavior in government, schools, and all facets of public life must be recognized for what it is, exposed, and rooted out or treated. Seemingly utopian pacifists are free to profess their love of a weapon-free world, but they must start by disarming the evil, criminal and tyrannical. Disarming the public is a vent for their twisted fear and hatred, a grotesque affront to freedom, and unacceptable. Disarming an innocent person is an act of violence.

    Guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns are why America is still free. The history of freedom is inextricably tied to the development of weapons (an interesting study, by the way, if you have the time to examine it). Good people need guns. Efforts to end that are immoral and unjust, and when done by government, is a direct failure to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” That’s a violation of the oath of office, which should lead to removal from office and possibly even criminal charges.

    The people we elect or hire for public service should be screened for latent or overt gun hatred, and disqualified if such hatred is found, before it can do any more harm to our nation and its values.
    It is well past the time when the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the catalog of recognized mental infirmities, includes “Hoplophobia,” in all its forms, and serious medical research is conducted to identify and treat this pernicious condition that threatens us all. The doctors among you should begin raising this issue. If you’re not a doctor but have one or two, ask them about it.
    The opponents of gun rights come in four fundamental categories:

    Utopian Idealists – Dreamers willing to ignore human nature (anger, hostility, temper, greed, lust, hunger, poverty, want, megalomania, social pathologies, etc.) in the vain hope for a world where no one ever needs to defend themselves or others; Result: misguided efforts to disarm the public since no one should ever be capable of exerting lethal force for any reason. Fairly rare.

    Routine Bigots – Ignorant gun haters who, generally, have never actually seen a real gun much less fired one, and hate what they don’t know; strong corollaries with race haters; Result: Vigorous anti-rights profile if left alone, however they often resolve their blind hatred when education removes the ignorance — frequent anecdotes of such folks “converting” after their first time at a range. Quite common.

    Hoplophobes — Unfortunate souls afflicted with a phobic terror of firearms, deserving of pity, and in need of medical attention; Result: Though they should never be involved in setting policy on self-defense, national security, or Second Amendment rights, they often insinuate themselves into such positions, their need for treatment goes unattended, and they cause grievous social harm. Easily mistaken for plain bigots. Too common.

    Power Mongers – Like some at the U.N or many anti-gun-rights politicians, they know full well that an armed public interferes with their plans, and they insidiously use lies about the gun issue, and “disarmament (of you but not them) as a road to peace” as a power base and source of support; Result: truly evil, tyrants’ who ultimately suppress human rights, contribute to global genocides, live an elite lifestyle, care not for their fellow citizens. Rare but extremely dangerous.

    Example of the Sickness:

    “My own view on gun control is simple: I hate guns and I cannot imagine why anybody would want to own one. If I had my way, guns for sport would be registered, and all other guns would be banned.”
    –Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard School of Public Health

    The right of decent private citizens to personally possess, transport, and responsibly use arms without government interference is the ultimate freedom and the main pillar supporting all other liberties. Few cultures have allowed their general population access to weapons, the tools of power, to the same degree as the United States. Instead, most societies have restricted the keeping and bearing of arms to a select few power brokers and their agents, often resulting in oppression on a grand scale.
    Despite a massive amount of historical evidence to the contrary, there is a substantial body of Americans, many occupying positions of influence, who contend that the abrogation of the Second Amendment is the quickest path to domestic tranquility. Since this is as absurd as advocating blood-letting as a cure for anemia, it would seem advisable to question the motives and mentalities of the gun control advocates themselves.
    In my observation, weapon prohibitionists can be broken down into seven major categories. Even though their motives may vary they all pose a mortal threat to liberty.

    Many of those in favor of oppressive firearms legislation are best classed as elitists. Elitists frequently identify with a peer group based on wealth, power, rank, social status, occupation, education, ethnic group, etc. and perceive themselves and their peers as inherently superior to and more responsible than the “common people”, thus more deserving of certain rights. Since elitists practically consider those outside their class or caste as members of another species, that most anti-elitist list of laws, the Bill of Rights is viewed by them as anathema. Naturally, the Second Amendment is their first target as it serves as the supporting structure for other nine amendments.

    Another type of individual who favors the restriction of private gun ownership is the authoritarian. Authoritarian personalities are characterized by their belief in unquestioning obedience to an authority figure or group and a disdain for individual freedom of action, expression, and judgement. Those with authoritarian personalities function well in symbiosis with elitists occupying positions of power. Because authoritarians repress their desires for autonomy they harbor a deep resentment toward free and independent thinkers. Of course, authoritarians do not want firearms in the hands of the general population as this constitutes a major obstacle to fulfilling their pathological and obsessive desire to control people.

    It goes without saying that career criminals would like to see the public disarmed for obvious reasons. A well-armed population makes crimes such as assault, robbery, and burglary hazardous for the perpetrator and this is bad for “business.” Also, even non-violent or “white collar” criminals live in constant fear of retribution from the public that they financially bleed and would therefore prefer that the public be disarmed. Evidence supporting this hypothesis can be gathered by studying the Second Amendment voting records of those legislators who have been convicted of willful misconduct.

    Cowards are easily or excessively frightened by things and situations that are recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful. It therefore stands to reason that the mere thought of guns and the circumstances in which they are employed causes them abnormal amounts of stress. Rather than admit their weakness to themselves or others, some fearful types jump on the anti-gun bandwagon and purport moral superiority to those “barbaric” enough to employ lethal force against armed assailants by claiming various humanitarian and pragmatic motives for allowing evil to remain unchecked. Many of these individuals harbor an envy induced resentment toward anyone with the means, skill, and will to successfully stand up to criminal aggression.
    The desire to assert oneself exists in nearly everyone, wimps included, so cowards seek out tame enemies against whom they can ply their pitiful brand of machismo. Instead of the sociopaths who commit acts of wanton aggression with guns, guns themselves and responsible gun owners are the main targets of their attacks. After all, real criminals are dangerous, so cowards prefer doing battle with inanimate objects that do not have a will of their own and decent law-abiding people whose high level of integrity and self-discipline prevent them from physically lashing out against mere verbal assailants, however obnoxious they may be.

    Ideological chameleons follow the simple social strategy of avoiding controversy and confrontation by espousing the beliefs of the people in their immediate vicinity or advocating the philosophy of those who scream the loudest in a debate. Quite a few supposedly pro Second Amendment public officials have shown themselves to be ideological chameleons when they supported restrictions on the private possession of military style semiautomatic rifles following recent atrocities in which such firearms were employed. Like their reptilian namesake, people who merely blend in with the ambient philosophical foliage seem to have little insight into the moral and social ramifications of their actions. Political and/or economic gain along with avoidance of confrontation are their only goals.

    Security monopolists are those members and representatives of public and private security providing concerns who want the means of self-protection out of private hands so that they can command high fees for protecting the citizenry against the rising tide of crime. These profiteers stand to lose a great deal of capital if citizens can efficiently defend themselves. To the security monopolist, each criminal who enters and exits the revolving door of justice is a renewable source of revenue providing jobs for police, social workers, victim counsellors, judges, prison employees, security guards, burglar alarm installers, locksmiths, and others employed by the security monopolies or their satellite organizations. No wonder it is so common for an honest citizen to be more ruthlessly hounded by the authorities when he shoots a criminal in self-defense than a criminal who shoots honest citizens.

    Just as a limb will weaken and atrophy if not used, so will aspects of the mind fail to develop if nothing in one’s environment exists to challenge them. People who have led excessively sheltered lives tend to have a difficult time understanding certain cause and effect relationships and an even harder time appreciating just how cruel the world can be. These dysfunction ally unworldly types are truly perplexed at the very notion of firearms ownership regarding defense. To them, tyranny and crime are things that happen in other places far removed from their “civilized” universe. Also, they do not understand the value of private property and why some people would fight for theirs since they never had to work hard to acquire what they possess. While those suffering from dysfunctional unworldliness are most often people who have been born into considerable wealth, this condition is also common in members of the clergy, academicians, practioners of the arts, and others who have spent much of their lives cloistered in a safe and pampering environment. While many of these people may be quite talented and intelligent in some ways, their extreme naivety makes them easy prey for the tyrants who use them for the financial support and favorable advertisement of their regimes. The anti-gun movement is well represented and financed by the dysfunction ally unworldly.
    The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and it behooves all vigilant lovers of liberty to know and be able to recognize the various types of arms prohibitionists and understand their differing but equally dangerous motives. Acquiring knowledge of one’s foes is the first step toward defeating them. We must never forget that a threat to private firearms ownership is a threat to all freedoms.
    The inalienable and fundamental right to keep and bear arms which is enumerated by (but predates) the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not about hunting, gun collecting, or target shooting. Its purpose is to ensure that every responsible American personally possesses the means to defend the Republic from all forms of tyranny, within and without. It is what permits the other nine Amendments in the Bill of Rights to be more than mere hollow phrases on a piece of paper. Its free exercise is the antithesis of serfdom and the only meaningful form of holocaust insurance known to man.
    We must never insult and degrade the spirits of our Founding Fathers by permitting the Second Amendment, the pillar of freedom, to be destroyed by the cold flame of legislative ink.

  • Godfrey Washington September 14, 2018, 8:27 am

    I see alot of policies that they want passed, but I don’t see anything given to the law abiding gun community in exchange for this major infraction of their rights…

  • Paul Wyckoff September 14, 2018, 8:25 am

    Let he who wants to confiscate my AR15 be the first one through the door!!!

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 7:54 pm

      It won’t be a “he,” it will be “them.” The SWAT team will enter your home in the dead of night. A couple of flash-bangs will be tossed into your bedroom. Before you can come to your senses you’ll be on the floor in cuffs. Then they’ll help themselves to whatever you have, guns, ammo, jewelry, etc..
      It’s already happening in the “fine” state of Cali-fornia.

  • Mark Are September 14, 2018, 7:57 am

    Seems to me that ALL gun control laws, ALL of them violate “shall not be infringed”? But what do I know. I was “edjewkated” under the 10th plank of the Communist manifesto which is “free” education for all children in government schools. The communists that run the country want to make sure we are well under all 10 of the planks. The first plank is the one that pisses me off the most. “Abolition of all rights to private property and the application of all rent to public purpose”. The abolition of your right to the private property of firearms of any sort is part of that 1st plank. The other part is the RENT you pay on your own home so you can live in it even after it is paid off. And what does that RENT pay for? How about the 10th plank for one. And btw…RENT is what they call it in “communist” countries. PROPERTY TAX is what we call it in the “free” disUnited States of America.

  • srsquidizen September 14, 2018, 7:45 am

    Constitutional amendments tend to be worded briefly and left for courts to interpret. Anything other than hands used to assault someone could be deemed an “assault weapon.” Such an amendment would be a ticket to ban all guns and any other weapons that nanny state legislators and activist judges decide Floridians shouldn’t own. Thankfully a state amendment like that would be unconstitutional at the federal level…well, for as long as at least five SCOTUS justices have any common sense at all.

  • akjc77 September 14, 2018, 6:15 am

    Thank your scumbag Republican Governor of Florida. It is public knowledge that his political funders demanded he not support 2nd Amendment after the very convenient school shooting. The one where Police were told to stand down by Sheriff Israel the rich leftist scumbag.

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 8:00 pm

      They want me to campaign for Scott. I can’t do it, even though I hate Nelson. But, Ron DeSantis is another story. Gotta get him elected, or we get that Communist Gillum, who will make the gun-banners dreams come true, and then some!

  • Jay September 14, 2018, 6:05 am

    I’m amazed that these groups just can’t seem to figure out that they’re calling for the relinquishing of they’re and all of our’s rights! I’m always reminded “Better to be quiet and be thought of a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” These people have no idea they are crying out to be ruled by tyrants and under the creed of slavery!

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 8:02 pm

      Lenin called such- useful idiots. How true.

  • Daniel Burns September 14, 2018, 6:00 am

    Gun control has nothing to do with safety. It’s about gun confiscation and people control. You can ban guns, bows and arrows, hatchets, spears, cars, trucks, swords, box cutters, knives, sticks and stones. But you will never disarm EVIL. Jim Jones killed 900 people with Kool Aid.

    • Mark Are September 14, 2018, 7:59 am

      Actually koolaid was the safe ingredient. But you knew that.

  • Joe September 14, 2018, 5:23 am

    I’m getting old so if they come for my tools they will get nothing.

  • BUURGA September 14, 2018, 3:06 am

    The anti-gun zealots have their backs to the wall and they know it. With a pro 2A President and Scotus they can only hope for regional victories………and those can be overturned.

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 8:05 pm

      Don’t exactly know why, but some Very rich people are rabidly anti-gun. So, there’s lotsa money being burnt to fuel this never-ending gun-ban movement. Unfortunately, politics is all about the money these days.

  • Mark September 14, 2018, 3:00 am

    Somebody needs to kill these idiots. Where can you buy an assault weapon without a background check. These people have passed stupidity whatever that is

    • Mark Are September 14, 2018, 8:00 am

      With a knitting needle.

    • Stan September 14, 2018, 8:10 pm

      Read somewhere that they now have the ability to target certain individuals based on their genetic profile with BW agents. Now, I’m sure all these insane Progressive-Socialist Liberals share a common genetic make-up. There ya go.

  • Jaque September 13, 2018, 1:57 am

    Such actions by an elected communist government have only one response by citizens. Rejection and refusal to comply in a massive civil disobedience campaign.

    It’s certain the NRA will be of no help and such an eventuality reinforces the need for Judge Kavanaugh to be seated in the Supreme Court.

    In the meantime one might want to plan and prepare now for the eventuality that Florida goes full Communist and issues mandatory confiscation orders for our arms.

    The growing acceptance of communist politicians and their rules that violate ones natural rights must not go unresponded to. A majority vote for a law that violates ones civil rights is unconstitutional and invalid.

    • Mark Are September 14, 2018, 8:04 am

      Civil rights can be violated at the whim of political power. UNALIENABLE rights can’t be sold, taken or given away. THAT is what the right to keep and bear arms is. It is not a “civil” right. Civil rights are created by legislatures. Unalienable rights are created by being born.

  • John R. PylesIII September 12, 2018, 4:13 pm

    Hell why don’t we Just burn up the Bill of Rights and then the lefties can rule over there servants at will

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