NRA Control of Florida Legislature Continues: Democrats Complicit

Almost two weeks after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, the Florida Legislature long the laboratory for ALEC and NRA backed gun measures seems poised to indulge the wishes of the gun lobby yet again. As we’ve pointed out several times in the past gun control is not as unpopular among the statewide electorate as the GOP and many Democrats would claim it is. Yet the Florida Legislature has passed gun law after gun law largely with bi-partisan support, even less well publicized ones like those that conceal who owns a gun and the “Docs vs. Glocks” bill that only became higher profile after the state said it would appeal a court ruling.

Dennis Baxley’s reaction to the school shooting has been widely mocked and was predictable. But you have to give Baxley credit for courage. Florida’s Democrats would do well to learn from his example. I have often remarked that if Democratic legislators showed the type of assertiveness about their views that Baxley, former Rep. Don Brown and former Rep. Rob Wallace showed, we wouldn’t be in this helpless minority position in state government.

As we pointed out last week, many Democrats have been complicit in supporting the gun legislation pushed through the legislature by ALEC and Marion P. Hammer, the NRA’s chief figure in this state. To this point we’ve seen very little action out of Florida’s Democrats to push new control restrictions in the state.

The silence is deafening. Many Florida Democrats would rather not run afoul of the GOP leadership or powerful non-elected figures like Hammer than stand strong on one of the hot button issues of the day. This shameful abdication of leadership just continues a long pattern of submission to Republican domination in the state that began during the 1999 legislative session.

With few exceptions (and we acknowledge their have been a few particularly when former Rep. Dan Gelber or Senator Nan Rich were controlling the party’s legislative messaging) the Democrats have been unwilling to forcefully give Florida voters the choices they deserve on issues. Our two-party system depends on a vigorous debate on the issues. Without it Democracy is derailed. The Soviet politburo would be proud of the type of control the Republicans have established over the state legislature. But they’ve had help from the state’s Democrats.

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12 thoughts on “NRA Control of Florida Legislature Continues: Democrats Complicit

  1. Well, that is nothing new.
    What about the control the Family Section of the Florida Bar has over the Florida Senate?
    The Family section of the Florida Bar states that there is nothing wrong with awarding permanent alimony to a healthy practicing Dentist.
    The Family Section of the Florida Bar states that there is nothing wrong with not allowing a bed-ridden demented payor modify his alimony payments.
    The Family Section of the Florida Bar states that there is nothing wrong with awarding 86% of the payor’s income to a healthy ex-wife.
    The Florida Legislature is listening to the wrong people.
    The Florida Legislature must look into the Court of Appeals decisions on how messed up is the current Florida Alimony Law- WE NEED REFORM!!!

  2. No one needs assault rifles. No one needs a 30 bullet clip. And the second amendment never meant to put military weapons in the hands of civilians. There is no justification.

  3. The number of Demos that have voted for pro gun legislation is mind boggling. Even so-called progressives who under normal circumstances would never line up with the NRA. How much money does the NRA give in races? It would be interesting to see how many Democrats have been bought by the NRA.

  4. Shame on those Democrats who keep voting with the NRA. Jim Waldman, and Jeff Clemens are you listening?

  5. I agree it is sad. Clemens, Abruzzo, Waldman but what about Crist & the King of Jordan? It all comes down to the same thing…money, low self esteem and corruption. The dude Sargeant is not allowed to return to Jordan and Wexler went quietly into the night. Sorry folks all this is coming back because the public deserves to know.

  6. You guys are out of your mind….look who this party is pushing
    And Greer isn’t the only one in Crist’s Circle of Crap (CCC) that has been mired in criminal trouble. How could we forget (former) diehard Crist loyalists Harry Sargeant, Alan Mendelsohn (indicted), and ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein (indicted and in witness protection program due to mafia ties) who all ran amok during Crist’s terms as Attorney General and Governor, but were eventually caught in their various criminal enterprises.

    Wake the fuck up. It is one party…..corruption party. We are not done with taking some of them down. PBC and Miami you should know this by now.

  7. Yes you are correct

    Rothstein money’s Charlie got 5K when he was running in 2009

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  8. Don’t forget Mendelsohn’s donations…who is currently in jail as well
    Here is where he gave his money!
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