“West Palm Beach could soon have a new shooting range and gun shop in a convenient location close to downtown,” bizpacreview.com reports. “But Mayor Jeri Mouio was clear that she doesn’t support the idea – because she doesn’t like guns.” OK, so Jeri’s not our hero. I submit her submission to the gun control industrial complex because it stands in stark contrast to that of Sunshine State State Representative Matt Gaetz. First, Matt’s antagonist, [via tampbay.com]: “Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced Friday that he will order hearings this fall on the state’s ‘stand your ground’ law, a victory for the young protesters known as the Dream Defenders who have spent the past two weeks protesting at the Capitol. Weatherford assigned the task of chairing the hearings to a staunch supporter of the law, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.’I don’t support changing one damn comma of the ‘stand your ground’ law,’ Gaetz said Friday. ‘It would be reactionary and dangerous to make Floridians less safe to pacify uninformed protesters.'” Matt’s well aware that the Florida legislature already reviewed their Stand Your Ground laws in the immediate aftermath of the George Zimmerman arrest. They didn’t change one damn comma of the law then, either. So when he says he welcomes Stand Your Ground hearings . . .
It doesn’t mean what the Dream Defenders want it to mean.
“I want to have hearings; it’s a good idea,” Gaetz said. “Right now, the only voices on ‘stand your ground’ are coming from the radical left. I want an opportunity to give a full-throated defense of the law.” . . .
“Our evaluation of its effectiveness should be guided by objective information, not by political expediency. Does the law keep the innocent safer? Is it being applied fairly? Are there ways we can make this law clearer and more understandable?”
There’s your common sense approach to gun laws. Good on ya Matt. [h/t John]