As many of our readers may know, the primary for the Sunshine State governor’s seat is August 28. On the Democrat side, it’s a full field…full of proud gun-grabbers, that is. Currently leading the pack is Gwen Graham, a one-time member of Congress and the daughter of Florida’s former governor, Bob Graham.
She rose to the top spot (20% in a recent Florida Atlantic University poll) by making a bold proclamation. She promised, If elected, to ban ‘assault weapons’ via executive order in her first week in office.
“My commitment to you is action, not words. I have found a public safety statute that allows the Governor, whoever she may be, to sign an executive order for public safety reasons banning the sale of military assault weapons,”
And straight from her campaign website comes this:
“The Legislature has shown they’re not willing to act, and Adam Putnam isn’t even enforcing the weak background check laws we have today. I’m not willing to wait until the next tragedy. In my first week of office, I will issue a pair of executive orders to immediately ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and to implement universal background checks on all gun sales,” Graham said. “I have no doubt the NRA will sue me to stop these commonsense proposals — but, I’ve beat them before, and I’m going to beat them again as governor.”
It may surprise her to learn that the Constitution doesn’t really allow for such a thing.
Currently in second place (16% in the FAU Poll) is Phillip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach and a major bankroller in the post-Parkland gun control movement in Florida.
To give you an idea of how left-leaning Miami Beach is, the current Chief of Police (installed by Levine) is Daniel J. Oates. He’s the head LEO who supported his cops going in with guns drawn at law-abiding Floridians open carrying while fishing recently (read here, here, here, and here).
Following up in third place (14% FAU Poll) is Jeff Greene, a man who once actually ran for office as a Republican back in 1982 for California’s 23rd Congressional District race.
Greene is your typical jet-setting limousine leftist. At the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland he told the world,
“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence. We need to reinvent our whole system of life”. – Bloomberg News
Greene was met with some criticism after it came out that he had flown his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet to Davos for the week. He views the Second Amendment pretty much as you’d expect. He is against citizens owning firearms, but he sure loves his armed security.
The fourth place position (9% FAU Poll) is occupied by Chris King, another rich, do-as-I say-not-as-I-do socialist. King stands out because he’s promised to refuse to accepting campaign contributions from Big Sugar. But he does have backing from Twitter’s corporate board.
In last place (7% FAU Poll) is current Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Always ready to side with anything that would help benefit his career, Gillum keeps his opposition to Second Amendment freedoms front and center.
Gillum went from being a rising star in the Democrat Party to being a zero. It all happened when he hitched his wagon to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Rumored to have been her choice as a running mate, it all came crashing down in the rigged primary process.
Now, however, Gillum has Bernie Sanders endorsemnt…for better or worse.
“Andrew has never backed down from a fight, including beating the NRA and standing up against xenophobic politicians. Andrew Gillum will set a new course for Florida — a governor who represents all the people and not just powerful special interests.” Sanders said in a statement released by the Gillum campaign to the Tallahassee Democrat.
In the end, they are all threats to Floridians’ Second Amendment rights and would gladly support the limitation or removal of our civil liberties. At the last Democratic Primary debate last night all five candidates vowed to repeal Florida’s stand your ground law and, of course, attacked the NRA.
Gillum boasted that he’s already fought the NRA. “It simply said you cannot shoot guns in parks where our children play and our families picnic. They said that was too radical,” Gillum said. “We need to untangle the power hold the NRA has.”
Greene said, “I think what they (the NRA) have done to our communities is repulsive, making our schools unsafe.”
Graham said she will sign an executive order banning the sale of assault weapons, even though she knows it will be challenged in court by the NRA — “Bring it on.”
King called for a tax on bullets to pay for school security.
Levine said the state needs to have an Education Security Administration. “People ask, ‘Can we afford it? … My answer to that is we can’t afford not to.”
Make no mistake, Florida, they are not on our side and want us all disarmed.