BIG STICK: Read about NRA lobbyist in Florida and her influence over muderous gun law.
Here's your open line, with a piece of brief good news.
For 15 minutes today, the Florida Senate approved legislation t
o stop the sale of AR-15s for two years. That was on a voice vote. Then the vote was reversed on a roll call, but the count was relatively close 21-17 against.
This has to be viewed as at least a slight affront to Marion Hammer, the NRA lobbyist who pretty well runs the Florida legislature and, as a result, has made that state a proving ground for terrible guns laws, particularly the murderous stand your ground law.
Want to see how the NRA works? Read this profile on Hammer in The New Yorker.
It isn't pretty. Moms. Demand Action!
After the brief piece of good news during Saturday's unusual session, the legislature reverted to form. Proposals defeated so far by the Republican- and NRA-dominated legislature:
* Allow family members to take out risk-protection orders, which prevent people who could harm themselves or others, from purchasing guns.
* Create a statewide gun registry to track gun ownership.
* Reverse a state law that bans local governments from enacting stricter gun control measures.
Last week, with students from the high school where the latest massacre occurred watching, the Florida House voted 71-36 against a ban on some semiautomatic wea[ons and large magazines. So the percentage vote in the Senate was progress
of a sort.