Florida gun owner at the State Capitol on February 3, 2022.
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State Senator Danny Burgess, chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, introduced SB 1006, a crucial bill that would name strawberry shortcake as the official state dessert of Florida. Never mind that literally no one associates Florida with strawberry shortcake. But since Plant City (an area of the state apparently grows strawberries) is in of Sen. Burgess’s district, the bill became a priority.

Sen. Danny Burgess (left) with Senate President Wilton Simpson.

The shortcake bill passed the Senate unanimously and is currently sailing through the House on its way to passage.

SB 1006’s voting record.
HB 567’s committee record

All the while, a constitutional carry bill has yet to even receive a hearing in the committee it’s assigned to in the House and not a single Senator has bothered to introduce a version of the bill on that side of the legislature.

Back on February 3, Florida gun owners went to the capitol to make their voices heard. We presented signed petitions to Sen. Burgess’ office, asking that he introduce a constitutional carry bill mirroring HB 103.

Florida gun owners turning in signed petitions calling for Constitutional Carry to be introduced in the Senate – Feb. 3 2022.

So far our pleas have been ignored.

A recent tweet from Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff is a good indication of how important many in the GOP supermajority consider permitless carry in the Sunshine State.

Rep. Fetterhoff’s Twitter account.

Republican lawmakers constantly claim that they’re pro-gun…especially when they’re campaigning. They tell voters who ask about constitutional carry that “they tried, but the timing isn’t right yet.” As Master Yoda once said a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

It’s time for Florida to pass a constitutional carry bill.

 

Luis Valdes is the Florida Director for Gun Owners of America.

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110 COMMENTS

  1. If we can keep politicians restricted to passing nonsense legislation such as this, the nation would gain.

    “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
    ― Gideon J. Tucker, New York court decision [1 Tucker 248 (N. Y. Surr. 1866)]

    • “This is the epitome of legislation.”

      There. FIFY.

      You think “Build Back Bolshevik” is “better” than this??

      • Sure it is, if you’re getting one of those fat contracts and are allergic to shortcake or needed free access to bank records to spy on those silly proles…

        • Fair point. I meant “better” in an objective sense, as in, “Is it a net positive for society in general?”.

          But, still . . . fair point.

  2. Florida is the largest supplier of winter strawberries in the United States and the second largest overall after California. The farm-gate value of Florida strawberries is approximately US$400 million and the total economic contribution of the industry is estimated at about US$1 billion.

    Now you know why strawberry shortcake is now the Florida state desert and constitutional carry languishes. The one with the money gets the most attention first, politics 101.

    • Plus, there’s no immediate downside to voting for strawberry shortcake. If you vote for constitutional carry, certain people are going to be very angry. They might remember it and stir up opposition because of it. Nobody really gets angry about a delicious dessert. They probably won’t remember that you voted for it, either. But if they do, it’s in the context of shortcake, strawberries, and whipped cream. Yum! So delicious…and what were we talking about before? I can’t remember.

    • Are you allowed more then 10 strawberries per shortcake. If not I think some restrictions need to be in order.

      Dad burn it now I’m hungry, wonder if the grocery stores got strawberries?

      • So that’s why Life Savor’s strawberry tallcakes weren’t in the running! Can’t have any high-capacity strawberry desserts endangering the public…

      • possum,

        Only if they’re not “cop killer” strawberries. But you can dispense with 60 strawberries in 5 seconds – 60 thirty caliber strawberries in 5 seconds. If they are ghost strawberries.

  3. What is the difference between a short-cake and a tall-cake?

    Was strawberry tall-cake even in the running?

    And what about gators? Don’t they make dessert out of gators down there?

  4. My understanding is that you are allowed to open carry in Florida while fishing. Makes me wonder why none of the firearms companies have come out with a long gun (or even a pistol) that has a fishing reel.

  5. Too bad the Faucians can’t engineer a virus that infects politicians and anyone with political aspirations and brings them to an extremely painful yet quick death.

  6. Just remember that these are the ‘Conservatives’ who are going to push back against the Left in the upcoming ‘elections’. BTW, how’s Virginia doing these days? Still even more locked down and mandated than NY and California.

  7. What really need to is to take a page out of the Canadians and show them we mean business by again and I can’t stress this enough and everyone here needs to share and tell everyone by having a TRUCKER PROTEST or some kind of CONVOY PROTEST if we are to get these clowns in Tallahassee to listen

    • Too many roads into (and out of) Tallacantsee. The reason the Canukertruckers are effective is they are tying up the main border crossings in and out of the Northern border. Maybe we could emulate what they’re doing along our Southern border.

      • were dealing with an obvious petty tyrant in Canada…the shifting stance in the US is undermining him somewhat….

    • I think everyone working should call in sick for three days. Stay at home and buy nothing. Stay off the internet, no ebay Amazon.

  8. Why I do declare…On the burgess plantation strawberries are the priority. Even if the local bigots get a little too drunk and burn a slave shack or two we just cannot allow n-words to have guns much less conceal them. We don’t need any more talk about guns. If you n-words don’t want to feel the whip politely shut up, go around back and serve yourselves some slave made delicious strawberry shortcake.

      • Looks like the representative for the Keys missed out on that one, possum. Wait, I got it!! How about . . . Strawberry Tall pie Key lime cake???

        While I deplore politically ambitious s***weasels, of ANY party, passing “ego” legislation, at least it isn’t overtly damaging to the state/country . . . like “Build Back Bolshevik”, or the “infrastructure” bill.

        • Calm down, dumbass. Just because you’re small doesn’t mean you have to be so angry…

          You really are dumb, aren’t you?

        • Oh, goodie!! My nameless, brainless troll is back to show his @$$, and prove that he is too stupid to insult.

          So, you are trying to brag about your (non-existent) penis, now??? That is very much in character for you gun-grabbing idiots. You and Shannon Low-Watts apparently share more than just deluded ideas; you both apparently have a serious case of ‘penis envy’.

          You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

    • FWIW…

      Key Limes are mainly grown outside Florida, and the Keys
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_lime

      There remains a question over whether Key Lime Pie was invented before, or after 1900. One claim is it was invented on a private estate in the 1890s, another that Borden corporation invented the pie in the twentieth century.

    • I wonder who he’ll be running against. Yesterday in an exclusive interview with the NBC news apologist/anchor, King Dribblecup admitted that the withdrawal from Ukraine, er Irak-astan hadn’t gone as smoothly as planned, but we were already committed by his predecessor, um….

  9. “Danny Burgess, chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, introduced SB 1006, a crucial bill that would name strawberry shortcake as the official state dessert of Florida“

    I sure hope Florida Conservatives at least get a little peck on the cheek, or some flowers, or a card…

    Cause your Republican governor and super majority in the legislature are giving you a hand job with no lube, a good old political dry pop…

    Keep on voting Republican and expecting a different outcome, endlessly entertaining!

    And still, the facts of history show that no Republican president or congressman has ever expanded gun rights to millions of acres of federally managed national parks and forests as the Obama/Biden administration did with the CARD Act of 2009.

    Even when Trump and Republicans held both houses of Congress for the first two years of his term, no firearms legislation went anywhere, no hearing protection act, no national reciprocity, etc.

    How about them bump stocks? Felony!

    Keep on voting Republican and expecting a different outcome, endlessly entertaining!

      • I know little marsupial, could I be more loathsome or lecherous in my obviously naked attempt to appease my vacuous delusions of adequacy?

        Am I really comparing Republicans and bump stocks…..

        To 15% inflation?

        To the irreparable abuse of masking children?

        To targeting of parents as domestic terrorists?

        To aiding and abetting the invasion of the country by over 2 million illegals?

        To surging unprecedented levels of crime, including 12 MAJOR U.S. CITIES THAT HAVE BROKEN ANNUAL HOMICIDE RECORDS!

        To ammo that is 2 to 3 times more expensive because of the Democrats and their foot soldiers “Summer of Love”?

        To Democrats calling everyone and everything racist to achieve and maintain power?

        To calling Voter ID racist, yet demanding people “show their papers” Vaccination Card and ID, just to buy a meal?

        To making, or attempting to make, generally everyone miserable?

        You know marsupial, I did.

        I am such a congenitally clueless, narcissistic sphincter, and irredeemably odious leach that I did just that.

        Why am I so cognitively deficient and revoltingly repulsive?
        .

        Oh yeah….. I’m Miner49er … a Marxist Democrat!

      • Opossum, I admire Teddy Roosevelt for his progressive position on many issues, preserving the national parks and forests is just one.

        Of course, that’s diametrically opposed to Republican Donald Trump cutting the size of our national preserves, and selling the People’s natural resources for pennies on the dollar to his big business elite robber baron pals.

        “The party’s platform built on Roosevelt’s Square Deal domestic program and called for several progressive reforms. The platform asserted that “to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day”. Proposals on the platform included restrictions on campaign finance contributions, a reduction of the tariff and the establishment of a social insurance system, an eight-hour workday and women’s suffrage.”

        There you go, he was for Social Security before everybody else, he wanted to fight the “unholy alliance” (his words) between corrupt business and political interests, limiting campaign finance contributions and giving women the vote.

        Yessir, Teddy Roosevelt and the bull moose party were the first progressive party in America, and I’m glad to be on board!

        • “to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day”

          And here you are voting for the Democrats with your eyes wide shut.

    • Yeah, MinorIQ, that’s the ticket!!! ONLY the Republicans screw their base, or pass stupid legislation. ‘Cause ObummerCare has CERTAINLY straightened out the U.S. health care system, hasn’t it???? Notice all the “infrastructure” we’re getting, now that the “infrastructure” bill has passed??? Old Gropey Joe sure whooped that Wuhan Bat Flu, didn’t he???

      If you really want to engage in a debate about the efficacy of Dimocrat vs. Republican legislation, bring it on. Let’s start with the Great Society nonsense of LBJ. Gimme your best case for THAT piece of dreck.

      Or, perhaps, just stop being a totally predictable, brain-dead, partisan troll? Nah, never gonna happen. You Leftist/fascists have been getting cornholed by your elected “representatives” since FDR. Republicans aren’t very good, and don’t represent their base, but . . . even a moron like you should be able to evaluate the respective cost-benefit analyses, eh? No, probably not.

      Go visit the cable, and spare us your partisan, fact-free bulls***. Oh, and can the efforts to be witty – you aren’t even halfway there.

      • To the Demented Lamp that went out in his head

        Quote———–Cause ObummerCare has CERTAINLY straightened out the U.S. health care system, hasn’t it????———–quote

        Lamp that went out in his head you are a real clown. You claim to have 4 law degrees and the author of dozens of mythical non existent books which you cannot seem to remember the titles.

        The real facts are since you know zero about how the Affordable Health Care Act came about was that Obama never wanted it but had to take what would pass without Republicans blocking it.

        In fact the Affordable Health Care Act stopped the crooked insurance companies from using Insurance Caps which made your insurance totally worthless if you were stricken with catastrophic drug and hospital bills.

        The Act also did away with pre-existing conditions which made health care affordable for millions of Americans and it extended coverage for children still living with their parents up to 21 years of age.

        Now any real Lawyer would have known that Lamp that went out in his head.

        • “The Act also did away with pre-existing conditions which made health care affordable for millions of Americans“

          Without protection for pre-existing conditions, millions of people who are suffering the lingering after effects of Covid would have zero coverage for these issues.

          After literally hundreds of broken promises, Donald Trump never delivered a healthcare plan. It was always “in two weeks I’ll bring you a healthcare plan… “ and then nothing but empty promises.

          Remember, he claimed it would “cover more people, with better coverage at lower prices… “. Total bullshit, but the conservatives could not realize they were being jacked by a New York City con man.

        • dacian the stupid,

          Add “Complete failure of reading comprehension” to you ever-growing list of inadequacies. I also notice you substantively addressed literally ZERO of my points. Nice job, dimwit.

          Not that you are capable of learning, but to clarify, as I previously said, I have ONE law degree, ONE Master in Business Administration, ONE B.A. with a major in Econ and minors in Philosophy and Rhetoric and Debate, and ONE B.A. (to return for my MBA) in Accounting and Finance. Learn to read, you brain-dead troll.

          I NEVER claimed dozens of books (although I have in excess of that in professional articles published). I remember the names of all of them. List them on a public site, frequented by clown world trolls like yourself and MinorIQ?? Not bloody likely, s***head. I’ve seen what you Leftist/fascists do when you’re able to dox someone.

          Go visit the cable, you are too stupid to insult.

        • MinorIQ,

          Blah, blah, blah. Republicans had eliminated prior conditions as exclusions in all of their prior health care bills for at least five years before the ironically-named “Affordable Care Act”.

          Now, answer the substantive question, fool – what is the PRICE of coverage under ObummerCare, and what is COVERED, and what are the DEDUCTIBLES today, as compared to the average prior to ObummerCare????

          In WHAT WAY is health care improved by ObummerCare?

          What about the “Great Society”?? Want to document the great strides made under that banner, buttnugget??

          You’re a clown, MinorIQ. Just keep wearin’ those big shoes, and that red nose looks great on you.

          You are too stupid to insult.

        • Here are some words of Miner49er wisdom, read them carefully.

          I am going to say this again….

          Without protection for pre-existing conditions, millions of people who are suffering the lingering after effects of the Wuhan Virus funded by the esteemed Dr. Fauci and developed in China, we would have zero coverage for the Myocarditis, Pericarditis, Neurological Disorders, Menstrual Disorders, Auto-Immune Disorders, Infertility and Cancer brought about by the multiple doses of the MRNA vaccines.

          A vaccine who’s only delivered immunity is to the manufacturers and their Democrat donors.

          After literally hundreds of broken promises, Joe Biden never delivered a WuHan Flu plan. It was always “if you take the vaccine, and mask your children, you will be immune to Covid… “ and then nothing but empty promises.

          Remember, he claimed it would “shut down the virus if elected… “. Total bullshit, but the Leftist could not realize they were being jacked by a Deep State con man.

        • MinorIQ,

          You are entitled to your opinion, even if it is stupid. Eliminating “pre-existing conditions” increases health care COSTS and insurance rates for everybody. Do you believe that a person with prior DUIs should pay the same auto insurance rates as a driver with no history of tickets?? Do you believe that a person with Type 2 diabetes, and 70 pounds overweight should pay the same for life insurance as a person who has an appropriate BMI and exercises regularly??

          All you Leftist/fascists want to tell everybody else what to do, even if (particularly if) it is bomfozzlingly stupid, because you think you’re smarter than everyone else. Unfortunately you uneducated fools never learned about things like “externalities”, “unintended consequences” and “perverse incentives” so I suppose i have to overlook your f***tardery. No, no I don’t. You are too stupid to insult, and too Leftist/fascist to be sane. Please go visit the cable.

        • Child, you aren’t even far better than dacian. The only thing you may possibly be better at than most people is repeated serial onanism. You aren’t even competent at your frequent drive-by playground insults.

          You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

    • 8 years of Bush Jr got us nothing either. In fact it was Bush Jr who started the ATF databank that people are complaining about now. His dad Bush Sr was the one who introduced the Brady Bill to begin with. I even remember Newt Gingrich saying how Brady and other gun laws would be repealed if we just gave the GOP control of Congress. Two years later, the GOP-controlled Congress passed the Assault-Weapons Ban. I’m not saying that the Dems are better; but the GOP is no friend of the 2A either.

      • The Republican Party sucks ass and does nothing for us, but it’s still better than what the Democrats would do TO us.

      • “In fact it was Bush Jr who started the ATF databank that people are complaining about now. His dad Bush Sr was the one who introduced the Brady Bill to begin with“

        Yep, the conservatives bitch about the Democrats, but it’s all a smokescreen for their own repressive policies.

        And Donald Trump was more of the same, he talked about the Second Amendment but he was a fan of “taking the guns fast and worrying about the courts later”.

        Unfortunately, the Conservatives were all butt hurt because for eight years we had a black man with a brown name in the White House and they could not get past their unconscious racism to acknowledge that the Obama/Biden administration freed up more gun rights for Americans with the CARD Act of 2009 then the last 100 years of Republican presidents and congressman.

        • Wow, MinorIQ, izzat so???

          Great, now do Senile Joe the Serial Child Molester, Beta “Fake Mexican” O’Jerk, Dianne Feinswine, Malig-Nancy, Schmucky Chucky, and the rest of your Leftist/fascist tribe.

          As Ing pointed out, the Republicans don’t defend or support their base, but they sure as hell don’t aggressively cornhole their base like the Leftist/fascist Dimocrats do.

      • Wind,

        Don’t know about you, Chief, but I’ve not seen a lot of folks on this blog extolling Bush (either of them). Yeah, Bush sucked, almost as hard as his inept father. The Republican Party in general sucks, which is why I’m NOT a Republican.

        As Ing says, below, they may suck, but not as hard as the Leftist/fascist Dimocrats.

        • 🥱. Another unnecessary post by an unnecessary participant. Please take a remedial writing course and try again. Or just go away. Either way, 🖕🤡.

          You’re truly too stupid to know how stupid you are!

        • What happened, nameless, brainless troll? Did even the cable reject you (as all others, of any gender, have consistently done)???

          Sorry you’re feelin’ all butthurt – I thought butthurt was what you were longing for. That’s OK, keep posting inane drivel on the Internet, under MULTIPLE fake names, and your mommy will love you. Or kick you out of the basement, whichever comes first.

    • For you, MinorIQ, I suppose that counts as “witty commentary”.

      Now do Gropey Joe, the senile serial child-molester (who was stupid BEFORE he was senile).

      You are too stupid to insult. Go visit the cable.

      • 🥱. You wouldn’t know ‘witty commentary’ on your best day, pops. Your intelligence is pedestrian (and that’s being kind) and your insults ineffective. Please stop pretending you’re anything but a glorified Notary Public that got crapped out of some fifth tier, now defunct law school.

        Oh, and 🖕🤡!

        • Haven’t you (even at your diminished cognitive capacity) figured out that I laugh at your supposed “insults”, and mock you for s***s and giggles?

          No. No you haven’t. Because you are thick as a brick, and have the cognitive capacity of a planaria (look it up).

          You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

  10. To Minor

    Your post jogged my memory on a bill that was introduced a few years ago to build a shooting range in a Park so that people would quit shooting just anywhere and endangering bird watchers and hikers besides shooting up glass bottles etc. It would also have had a safety range officer hired as well.

    To make a long story short the Democrats voted to pass the bill while the Republicans voted it down because they admitted they were to cheap and stingy to fund the project. Just another example when the Republicans screwed gun owners and of course its always totally ignored by the Far Right. The result was as expected the Republicans found it cheaper to shut down shooting in the park altogether.

    • Big D, Republicans everywhere favor big business over the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.

      Here’s a perfect example at the state level, where the “unholy alliance” of corrupt business and political leaders worked together to screw American gun owners out of using their lands to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

      “Governor Noem threw her support behind a Game Fish and Parks proposal to spend $12 million (and some unknown amount of National Guard labor) to build a 440-acre shooting range northeast of Rapid City on Elk Vale Road. GF&P asked the Legislature to spot them $5 million—$2.5 million straight from the general fund, $2.5 million in additional spending authority to disburse pledged private dollars—in immediate funding.

      But when that proposal, House Bill 1049, came up for discussion in House Agriculture and Natural Resources this morning, Noem lost what should have been an easy vote. The state is flush with federal cash; the state could spot the entire $12 million construction bill and still be deep in the black. The proposal had the support of Rapid City’s economic developers, the Izaak Walton League, local gun accessorizers, Noem’s good Vegas friends from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the all-powerful National Rifle Association.

      Who was able to beat those powerhouse lobbyists? Why, the very ranchers in whose garb Kristi plays dress-up all the time. Rancher Joe Norman and a bunch of his neighbors testified in opposition to the shooting range and proved that, on this issue, Cowgirl Kristi is all hat and no battle.

      The local ranchers’ own Representative Kirk Chaffee (R-29/Whitewood) got up and said God, Guns, Country, and economic boosterism be darned, this shooting range plan was not ready for prime time. Likening the shooting range to a landfill, Rep. Chaffee said this additional government acquisition of land would burden Meade County with more trash, traffic, and law enforcement and disrupt the rural neighborhood.“

      If the Conservatives were willing to do the actual research required, they would see that the Republicans don’t give a shit about their Second Amendment rights and are just paying lip service in order to raise campaign contributions.

      https://dakotafreepress.com/2022/01/25/ranchers-house-republicans-reject-cowgirl-kristis-rapid-city-shooting-range/

      • Yeah, MinorIQ, because Dimocrats NEVER abandon or cornhole their base, do they??? NO, Dimocrats are always “looking out for the little guy” (like opposing limitation of the SALT deduction, which ONLY benefits the top 10% or less of taxpayers).

        MinorIQ, you, AND your Leftist/fascist friends at the DNC, are blatant hypocrites, liars, and ONLY care about power. We stopped listening to your nonsense years ago. I continue to engage with you just because it’s so much fun to c***-punt your idiocy.

        Go ahead; continue to shlob the knob of a every Leftist/fascist who gains a microphone. It’s you mouth, do what you want with it.

        I choose to take a rational (translate: “cynical”) approach to evaluating politicians: they all lie. But if your partisan instincts prevent you from recognizing truth, well . . . that’s not my problem. I don’t have to give respect to your viewpoint unless you EARN it. You ain’t within a country mile, yet, child. And probably will never get there.

        Unless you shape up, and right quick, I am permanently relegating you to the dacian the stupid “too stupid to insult” category.

        I could give a s*** who you “support”, MinorIQ, what I want to know is (i) what do you believe, and (ii) why? So far, all I get from you is “Democrats good; Republicans bad.” If that is REALLY the limit of your ability to analyze our zeitgeist, you are truly pathetic.

        Do better, Ess Tee Eff You, or just go away. You are tedious, tendentious, unschooled, unanalytical, unSocratic, and boring. Try to do better IF YOU CAN . . . and I am pretty sure you can’t.

        You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

        • Hey, nameless, brainless troll,

          Sorry to hear about your “condition” (pox). Does this mean you actually had sexual congress with another human?? Or was this syphilis from a sheep?

          You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable . . . and stop abusing sheep.

    • You remember all this, do you, dacian the stupid???? But you couldn’t even name the city or county, title of the bill, or anything else.

      Continue being stupid, dacian, it’s something we are all aware you can achieve. Meaningful commentary, not so much.

      You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

    • The fact of the matter is that a fat old ass slob like you couldn’t get a woman 1/100th as attractive as Jen Psaki.

        • Lol. You live in a 500 square foot apartment in Kansas. I’ll take a wild guess that you’re not exactly drowning in prime trim.

        • Oh, wow, nameless, brainless troll, that was . . . incredibly stupid, grade-school, “humor”, not worth the time it took to read it.

          You write like you are in middle school, your “logic” wouldn’t even qualify for that.

          You are too stupid to insult. Go visit the cable.

      • Hey, nameless, brainless troll!! So, you’ve got the hots for Jen, do you?? Forget it, even a loser like Psaki wouldn’t get near you.

        You will die cold and alone (kind of like you live).

        You are too stupid to insult. Go micturate up a cable.

        • ‘yOu’Ll DiE aLoNe’, writes the barely sentient boomer who has been celibate since his wife finally summoned the courage to leave him.

          Angry, frustrated ‘men’ such as you and GTFP are the type of people who give responsible gun owners like me a bad rap….

        • Hey nameless, Brainless troll!

          You are actually getting stupider with each post (however difficult that is to imagine).

          You are too stupid to insult. Go visit the cable. Hie thyself off to the theological place of eternal punishment – Satan’s minions wish to introduce you to the special pleasure of getting rammed up the cornhole with a barb wire wrapped Louisville Slugger. But you’ll enjoy that, won’t you??

  11. “Oooh I do a little two-step…now you see me, now you don’t..”…..republicans have always been gun-control lite……

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