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Gun Advocate Shocked at Republican Lawmakers for Passing Gun Control Act

TALLAHASSEE – Yesterday’s passage of the controversial Marjory Stoneman Douglas gun control act was bittersweet for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but some say it’s just an opportunistic attack on the Second Amendment.

The Republican Sponsored Senate Bill 7026 passed by a narrow 20-18 margin Monday, and if unchallenged in the House, it could bring major changes to Florida gun regulations.

The bill does not ban “assault-style weapons” or high-capacity magazines, but it does raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 and requires a 3-day hold on most gun purchases. Bump stocks will be banned for sale or resell, and it gives law enforcement officers more discretion in seizing weapons from anyone threatening violence or who may have mental health issues.

The most controversial element of the bill and one that Democrats vigorously opposed is the option to allow some teachers to voluntarily arm themselves in the classroom. The proposal would require candidates to complete a total of 144 hours of combined training to qualify as a “school marshal,” and would cost taxpayers $67 million.

Outspoken Second Amendment advocate and Hernando Board of County Commissioner Chairman, Steve Champion, took to social media last night to voice his displeasure with lawmakers, he says are “Stripping Constitutional Rights from millions of law-abiding citizens.”

Champions writes, “Well everyone it’s a sad day in Florida and for our constitution! I am very upset about this!” He goes on to say, “Know that there is no excuse in not standing your ground!!!! Our only hope is that the House will vote this down… which is highly unlikely!!!” Champion says he spoke to Rep. Blaise Ingoglia who voted against the bill in committee, but says he is extremely disappointed in Senator Wilton Simpson’s decision to support the bill. “It’s sad for Hernando County and our State,” says Champion.

In response to Champion’s post, Joe Swilley writes, “So I guess 18 year olds are not allowed to join the military in Florida? Since they can’t buy a gun they shouldn’t be allowed to use one to defend our country?”

“This is heartbreaking. At 18 a young man should have the same constitutional rights as everyone else. He can die for his country, he can be married with a family to protect. . . So, why are conservatives advancing the WRONG solutions?” says Margo McConnell. 

With Democrats and Republicans already at odds within their respective parties, It’s sure to be an interesting mid-term election cycle come later this year.

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  • So, my voice on all this is I have no problem with this law however, there should be a clause such as, at the age of 18 you would only have the right to bear arms if you have completed your basic training in the military. If you have not served our Country, than you must wait till you are 21. As far as teachers, there are many teachers who already posess a concealed carry license, so, RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS is the key factor here. If you are not mentally stable, have been convicted of domestic violence, or any if the many felony crimes than you should .not POSSESS a firearm PERIOD! Everyone is making far too much ado about nothing. It is not as bad as you are all making it out to be. How about making parents responsible by monitoring their teens moods, attitudes, progress in school, their time spent hidden in their bedrooms, etc.

    Saturday, 10 March 2018, 11:30 am
  • I forgot to add these facts, According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. And According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles. Additionally, the NRA was started in 1871 and it’s trained more law enforcement officers, US servicemen and citizens in gun safety then anyone else. Tell that to the dims, Finestein, Shummer, Sorros and Bloomberg who have now stooped so low that they are using kids as props in effort to take away our second amendment rights. You can’t ban stupidity and murder is already illegal so enforce the laws that are already on the books. And leave us law abiding citizens alone.

    Friday, 9 March 2018, 12:05 pm
    • Amen BigJohn, 100 percent right. You sir are an awaken soul.

      Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:24 pm
  • 18 year olds can’t buy beer either. So what’s your point?

    Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 10:54 am

    Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 9:37 am
  • Military under 21 are extensively trained. A 18 year old walking into a pawn shop eating candy and wreaking of pot is not.

    Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 6:25 am
  • Hey here is a thought for all the idiot Democrat if you can’t buy a gun at 18 you should not be able to vote at 18. And I can guarantee you a teacher with a gun would have been a heck of a lot better than them stupid ass cops with a gun, and the FBI and the sheriff department knew it was going to happen they just didn’t know when. And it sound like the governor is right along with them

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:50 pm
  • Fear not gun nuts. This will never make it through the House.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 5:58 pm
    • It Did.

      Thursday, 8 March 2018, 4:28 pm
  • well I think age has nothing to do with it, If you go into the military,you can not carry a gun until you are 21 ? are the people we voted for that stupid? lets vote these people back in , most are well over retirement age and have probems going to bathroom REALLY!!! let alone making any real law,just keep fighting dems and rep!!!

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 5:18 pm
    • Huh???????

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 6:56 pm
  • If Mr. Champion was as up to date on the constitution as he proclaims, he would know there isn’t such a thing as Constitutional Rights. Our rights are human rights aka natural rights, and we are born with the them. The Constitution does not create any rights, it simply list the responsibilities, powers, and structure of the Federal government. If the liberals were not so busy urinating on the Constitution, they would find the answer they are looking for.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 5:12 pm
    • Hear, hear!

      Thursday, 8 March 2018, 11:31 am
  • 300 million guns in the USA which include many AR’s (America’s Rifle) and magazines have never assaulted anyone. The term Assault Weapons doesn’t apply to semi auto’s and was a term made up by a gun banning group. Apparently they have a problem with black, scary looking guns. And the term weapons of war is bs too as our firearms are semi automatic which means that it’s one bullet per pull of the trigger. AR’s are less powerful then hunting Rifles. They really want to disarms us so that they can put Socialism and Marxism into high gear here. The State of Florida will need to build more prisons to jail 100 million gun owners who would become felons over night and I’m sue that this unconstitutional action would not go over lightly. Don’t even try to collectedly punish us for the criminal acts of others. Enforce the laws and demand that the political hack, Coward County Sheriff Israel along with the Federal Bureau of incompetence be held accountable for their failures to stop this tragedy.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 4:22 pm
  • This specious argument that if they can die in the military they should be old enough to purchase is just that and silly. Just ask your Platoon Sergeant – “Hey Sarge can I take my weapon back to the barracks?” or “Hey Sarge can I go buy a rifle and store under my bunk?” Bwaaaaaaah! The military does not entrust its members with weapons and live ammo unless they are on the range or in a combat zone – MPs are the exception. I have guarded chemical weapons with an unloaded rifle and directed my men to guard fully uploaded tanks – main gun and .50 cal – with ax handles. Well regulated means something as Scallia and the SCOTUS articulated in DC v Heller.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 4:01 pm
    • Seriously??? It is mind boggling how you can even function in society?!?! The fact that you and your men guarded chemical weapons and tanks without loaded guns says many things to me. 1.) PLEASE tell me that you are NOT currently in the military because that is A NIGHTMARISH thought. 2.) NO one must have attacked with weapons otherwise you MOST LIKELY wouldn’t be here to respond! 3.) You should have been COURT MARSHALED and DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED for IRRESPONSIBLY protecting this country. Well regulated means things like convicted murderers should not be allowed to legally buy/own a firearm. (Logical regulations) However, just like in Broward, the local police and FBI failed at their responsibilities but then you want to make 18-21 year olds solely rely on those same local police and FBI instead of relying on themselves!!! (Illogical) Men and women can CHOOSE to enlist and possibly DIE for this country BUT somehow they are UNDESERVING of owning a weapon at 18??? AND, they can VOTE!!! But NOT own a weapon??? That is the MOST illogical sophomoric rationale!!! How many 18-21 year olds died helping to defeat Hitler? How many shooting rampages occurred on military bases when the soldiers carried weapons, versus when the “anti-gun dolts” pushed so that soldiers where not allowed to carry their weapons on base? Are you going to be a HUMAN shield for that 19 year old single female in her apartment when an evil psychotic killer breaks in to rape and kill her??? Of course not!!! I guess she could spit at him and tell him “NO.” Because I am sure he will say “Okay I will leave, you said NO.” Stupid. Evil people DO NOT CARE what the laws are, hence EVIL. They will do whatever they want. How many 18-21 year olds own/buy a handgun??? Well “0” ZERO right?!?! NOT! But they cannot legally, sooooo the number should be zero with your logic. However it is NOT because EVIL people don’t ABIDE THE LAW!!!! SO, You only HURT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS with MORONIC anti-gun laws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Friday, 9 March 2018, 2:51 am
      • a bit paranoid?

        Friday, 9 March 2018, 8:05 am
        • Nope, REALISTIC!!! Keep living in your dream world Arleen. I am sure it is nice with all those fairies and pixie dust. The rest of us live in the real world with good and evil. Hopefully those fairies and pixie dust will keep you safe!

          Sunday, 11 March 2018, 8:03 am
  • Do you really think this new law will keep guns out of the hands of criminals? See, See, we’re doing something. It probably isn’t the right thing, but we’re doing something. Guns are not bad. There are bad people. Gun’s are not violent. There are violent people. Guns are not mentally ill. There are only mentally ill people.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 3:40 pm
  • I got a good legislation for them to pass. It’s called the The Treason ACT. Its not 1000 pages or so it’s just one page. It will state

    “If an elected Senator or Congress man or woman violates their oath to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of the United States of America they shall lose their seats in representing the people and replaced immediately and be fined $10,000,000 dollars for each violation and be charged with treason and sent to Guantanamo where they will be sentenced for 50 years and put to death after the end of their sentance.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:58 pm
    • 👍👍👍👍 Joe

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 3:26 pm
    • YEH JOE. I’m 100% in support of your legislation.

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 3:44 pm
  • Sad day for our rights and the Constitution and a joyous day for criminals everywhere. Keep it up and Florida will turn into Illinois and New York sh%tholes where criminals run rampant. Why you say because criminals don’t give a frack over laws these idiots pass. They only hurt law abiding citizens.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:08 pm
  • Hey I have an Idea. Let’s make more laws when we don’t enforce the ones already on the books. Better yet lets make more gun free zones. That has certainly stopped the killings. The problems we face has little to do with gun ownership and everything to do with common sense leadership and a common sense legal system. Unfortunately, the solution to these mass killings does NOT involve peeling back our 2nd Amendment rights. However, the solution may very well rest in Americans willing to assume a common sense approach to our 1st and 4th Amendments and stop the ongoing bastardization of said Amendments.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:33 am
  • Well it looks like Sen. Simpson and others are RINO’s. Not a Conservative for sure.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:12 am
  • 3d guns are making gun control obsolete. Get ready for it and stop thinking words on a piece of paper will prevent gun violence.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:05 am
  • It’s a start. 👍🏻

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:26 am
  • Let’s see…raising the age to 21, three day waiting period, no bump stocks, police having more disgression in taking guns from violent or mentally ill…how exactly does this violate the second amendment? Teachers having guns in schools is the scariest part of this bill.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:39 am
    • Arleen are you just stupid or did you not read the article

      Champion’s post, Joe Swilley writes, “So I guess 18 year olds are not allowed to join the military in Florida? Since they can’t buy a gun they shouldn’t be allowed to use one to defend our country?”

      “This is heartbreaking. At 18 a young man should have the same constitutional rights as everyone else. He can die for his country, he can be married with a family to protect. . . So, why are conservatives advancing the WRONG solutions?” says Margo McConnell.

      Our maybe you just never read the constitution!

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:00 am
      • You are heartbroken over not buying an assault weapon at 18? Just the kind of person I would rather not have one. Also name calling isn’t called for…we are ALL entitled to an opinion. State yours and be done with it ‼️

        Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:28 am
        • If an 18 year old can’t purchase an AR15 then by all means he should not be allowed to handle one on the battlefield.

          Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 3:15 pm
          • In the military he is being trained and instructed on proper use of the weapon!!! Not just trial and error, trained!

            Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 12:03 pm
            • So what difference does a 21 year old with no experience make? Does 3 years really matter. Obviously some time ago the government made the determination that 18 years is old enough to be considered an adult. With that comes great responsibility like voting, registering for selective service, and most importantly taking responsibility for one actions.

              Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:15 am
      • Ive seen babies go off to basic and come back adults and on the reverse i’e seen college kids who need safe spaces, safety pins, therapy dogs all while walking around with foam viginas on their heads. So, if you don’t join the military you don’t get the extra privileges of being able to vote o own a weapon until 21. Actually, for the vote, I’d go 25. Give ppl a chance to get through high school, gat past the liberal waseland that our colleges have become and wirk in the real world for a few years before getting to decide who runs this country.

        Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 11:39 am
      • Alex. a real american, you may have been born here but your claim of a real american is slightly warped . Your question of “are you just stupid” is insulting . Are you just stupid? Countries across the world have strict gun laws and little or no mass shootings. You must be a war monger, or maybe just a paranoid prepper, whichever you cannot make a valid point. Real Americans value our rights including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Happiness to me is not having to look around in the grocery store or a parking lot and see an armed armada defending their grocery cart from would be criminals advancing to take their belongings from them. As in most things in this country now if you follow the money you will find the propaganda that has made you so paranoid .

        Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 10:37 am
        • Arleen right to life and your probably a baby killer get a grip….

          Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 3:50 pm
        • Your “facts” are wrong Arleen. Other countries with little or no mass shootings???? Wrong!!! You might want to check the facts not just listen to the Liberal talking points bought and paid for by liberals like Jeff Bezos!!! And those countries who have strict gun laws??? Well their female sexual assault numbers are sky high. Sooooo, for YOU to be HAPPY then I HAVE to give up my right to DEFEND myself???? Liberal mentality “I want it so you have to do it” sounds JUST like a 2 year old child!!!!!! Personally, I rather everyone have the Abiility to DEFEND themselves with a firearm rather then be sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered. As a woman I am physically weaker then men and a firearm levels the playing field. I am NO masochist!!!

          “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
          – Thomas Jefferson Founding Father

          “But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you … it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”
          – Dalai Lama

          “A  fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”
          – Sigmund Freud

          Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:24 am
          • get a stun gun

            Friday, 9 March 2018, 8:02 am
            • No thanks, I’ll hang on to my Glock. And after the assailant takes your ineffective “stun gun” and beats you over the head with it you’ll wish you had one too :-). While we may never know, I’m going to go out on a limb and say EVERY single anti-gun person ever murdered changed their position in the last few moments of their life. Oh well, too little too late. But Darwin nailed it, dumbasses die first!

              Friday, 9 March 2018, 12:44 pm
    • Raising the age to 21 deprives a legal adult a means of defending themselves if they choose to defend themselves with a firearm. Any time someone disagrees with someone else or a politician will eventually be construed as a threat of violence (some might say it already is) and they will take peoples guns. If a teacher is trained in the use of firearms I thinks its fine if they have a firearm at school, but I would more prefer a couple armed policemen or other security. The bump stock ban and 3 day wait I have nothing against.

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:15 pm
    • Arleen…. I totally agree with you!

      Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 11:59 am
  • We are headed down a slippery slope.

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:27 am
    • Yes sir we are.

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 4:11 pm
    • Absolutely!!!

      Sunday, 11 March 2018, 8:07 am
  • Boy, if we just had a law against murder, that would solve everything! /sarc

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:20 am

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