In the wake of Parkland, six years ago today, the state of Florida did something uncharacteristic for them. They went on a rampage of passing gun control. Among the measures passed were a red flag law and a ban on long gun sales to anyone under the age of 21.
Federal law already prohibited handgun sales for adults under 21, but folks in that age category could still by rifles and shotguns.
Florida upended that.
Now, they’re trying to fix that mistake.
But that and other pro-gun measures are being attacked. They’re not being hammered based on studies or anything remotely objective. They’re being attacked because Parkland happened, which apparently means you can never be pro-gun again.
A day before the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Democrats condemned attempts to roll back provisions of the gun laws passed after that tragedy and considered what still needs to take place to make the state safer from gun violence.
The 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act banned a person younger than 21 years old from purchasing a firearm but, for the second year in a row, House Republicans are trying to repeal that provision. However, the measure lacks a Senate sponsor, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has said she has no interest in moving that bill.
“Yet here we are, opening that wound through every committee it goes through, through a floor vote, right? Why are we doing this?” asked Broward County Democratic House Rep. Dan Daley in the remote news conference. “So as far as I’m concerned, candidly, that bill and so many others in this building this year are a slap in the face to my community, to the victims and their families, and really is absurd.”
The absurd thing is to believe that one awful tragedy should dictate the politics for the entire state until the end of time, especially when the issue wasn’t with guns in the first place but a long history of law enforcement in the area giving the shooter a pass for his domestic abuse.
One arrested would have likely led to a conviction and he couldn’t have lawfully bought anything.
But that didn’t happen and anti-gun officials like Daley don’t actually care about that. For all their rhetoric about the Rahimi case potentially allowing domestic abusers to be armed, they don’t seem to care about actually punishing domestic abusers all that much.
Yet pro-gun legislation isn’t a slap in anyone’s face. It’s the legislature trying to respect people’s rights and undo the sins of the past.
What happened after Parkland wasn’t based on what was best for Florida. It was the result of raw emotions triumphing over rational thought. Correcting that is the right thing to do.
However, some people think that what happened six years ago should dictate everything for all time. They call it “honoring” the memories of those killed.
“It’s one thing to remember — thoughts and prayers are one thing, but the real question that I’m interested is how will you honor them with action, and that’s the work that Democrats both in D.C. but also in Tallahassee and also in the state Legislature and municipal government across the state of Florida are thinking about and fighting for: How are we going to honor the lives that were taken with action to make sure that it never happens again?”
If you want to honor those lives, start a scholarship. Start a community program that addresses troubled kids and helps them get their life in order. Do literally anything that will actually improve the community, state, and nation as a whole.
Gun control isn’t it because it does none of those things, no matter how much people try to claim otherwise.