Could an ‘F’ from NRA rating be the cause of gun violence in Florida?
By Roger Caldwell
In the Scott administration there is a position which supports the right to keep and bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right according to the drafters of the constitution.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is a major defender of the Second Amendment rights in this country, and both Governor Rick Scott and his executive cabinet have received a grade of A. Many Americans do not agree with the NRA, and they believe that there is a correlation between gun violence and the policies of the NRA.
Last week there was a murder suicide in Bell, Florida, where a grandfather killed six grandchildren, his daughter and himself. It is reported that the grandfather had a criminal record and he should have been prohibited from possessing a firearm. While details are still unfolding, one way to prevent mass killings is to keep dangerous people from getting guns.
Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America says, “The tragic story coming out of Bell, Florida, is yet another clarion call to action; gun violence is an American problem that can and does affect every town, every day. Our leaders can and must do more to prevent mass shootings in America.”
There are too many illegal guns on the streets in America, and it is too easy for anybody to buy a gun. The laws are too lax and the NRA does not want regulations to control felons, and protect people from mentally deranged individuals. In Florida Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman who had a legal registration to carry a gun, but he had numerous incidents with the police threatening people with violence.
The gunman in the murder suicide identified as Don Spirit was a convicted felon, who shot and killed his son in a 2001 hunting accident. The police had been called to his home for a range of issues and nothing had been done about the problems. There are too many loopholes in the laws in Florida, and our leaders want to continue getting millions of political donations from the NRA.
Our governor and his entire executive branch in Florida have received an A from the NRA, but refuse to implement laws which reduce gun violence and save lives. As more guns are sold in Florida with no background checks, the wrong kinds of folks have access to guns. If the condition in Florida remains lax, it is open season on shooting women, children, Black young men, and seniors.
It is time for Floridian to challenge and fight the NRA in our state. Common sense laws, background checks, and taking illegal gun off the streets are steps in the right direction to eliminate gun violence. The gun violence situation in Florida will only get worse, if the residents don’t hold our elected official accountable.
There is an election in Florida in 2014. If the candidates are not talking about reducing the gun violence epidemic in the state, they must be voted out of office starting with our governor and his executive cabinet.