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League calls on Sec. Detzner to Remedy OVR Concerns TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The League of Women Voters of Florida sent the attached letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner regarding concerns raised about the implementation of online voter registration (OVR) scheduled for October 1, 2017. As of this rel...
"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," McCain said. "Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it." ...
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.
WHAT IDIOTS KEEP UNLOCKED GUNS IN PURSES WITH KIDS AROUND?? So sad.
A terrible tragedy, something the grand parents will live with till the end of their lives. something common sense safety procedures could have avoided. The NRA fear machine has a huge amount of responsibility for these appalling deaths, .
GUN OWNERSHIP REQUIRES RESPONSIBILITY
A Common-Sense, Well-Regulated, Second Amendment approach.
Given the increasing and heartbreaking reports of children with guns, almost everyone except for gun manufacturers can agree that there are too many guns in our society and the death toll is rising along with the number of guns. The best way to control this problem is to legislate responsible gun ownership. Here are some ideas:
1 As a deadly weapon, every gun must have an owner who can be held responsible for it. An unregistered gun is a threat to any civilized society because no one is responsible for it and should be destroyed.
2 Guns and gun owners require licensing, registration and background checks so society knows who is responsible for them. Think about it, society mandates these three basic requirements for cars and their primary purpose is simply transportation.
3 Like driving, gun responsibility requires insurance so that victims of so called ‘accidents’ can be suitably compensated. Why should society bear the cost when individuals claim rights without accepting responsibility?
4 Guns have two purposes that citizens are concerned about: to kill and/or to threaten to kill.
Guns don’t kill people, they are just efficient tools. People kill people. Guns cannot be held responsible therefore ‘accidents’ cannot be attributed to guns like they are now. Accidents must be attributed to people and dealt with accordingly.
5 Gun responsibility requires guns be kept securely so they don’t fall into the wrong hands. No matter what happens to the gun, theft, misuse or accident, since the owner failed to secure the gun, the owner is responsible and liable.
6 Killing unnecessarily is horrible. Killing a child is the worst personal crime imaginable and should be treated as such. If a child has access to a gun, the gun owner is liable for what happens next. If a child or anyone else is killed the gun owner is necessarily charged with murder, if wounded, attempted murder with a deadly weapon. Children’s access to a deadly weapon is premeditated. Accidental discharge cannot be considered as a defense.
7 As a deadly weapon, guns can never be accidentally pointed at anyone. They are killing machines and require responsible handling. A ‘cleaning accident’ is murder. If anyone is wounded or killed by a gun being cleaned or handled or dropped, the gun owner is liable. Accidental discharge cannot be considered as a defense.
8 Concealed carry is sometimes necessary for self-defense but does not represent an implied threat unless openly displayed. Civilian open carry is an implied threat to your neighbor, a bully’s intimidation tactic. Open carry, put in simplest terms means ‘Don’t mess with me, I am prepared to easily kill you any time I want and for any justification I think applies.’ They may call it defense, but to everyone else it’s Judge, Jury and Executioner.
9 ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws say you only have to feel threatened to defend yourself. Since it is often impossible to distinguish a good guy with a gun from the bad guy with a gun, everyone has the right to feel threatened by civilian open carry and defend themselves. Open carry laws are a legal path to anarchy. From either end of the gun, you can be the next victim.
10 As a practical matter, any weapon that can kill many people quickly and easily (and silently) is a weapon of mass destruction. Everyone should be able to agree that weapons of mass destruction are a threat to civilized society. There is no responsible justification for civilians to own these weapons. We spend huge sums worldwide for our military to protect us from these weapons, but not in our own homeland. Our police and military are trained public servants and deserve our support. Their lives are on the front line in the course of their duty. They should not have to face weapons of mass destruction on duty or off. If you really think about it, no one on American streets should.
We pride ourselves in having the strongest military in the world. The idea that civilians should arm themselves to resist their government is both treasonous and ridiculous. No responsible citizen supports armed insurrection. If citizens don’t agree with their government they have the choice to either live with it, change it lawfully, or immigrate.
"Republicans have indicated they are willing to vote on the measure before the Congressional Budget Office can conduct a thorough analysis of how the bill will affect Floridians — or any other American. It is unclear whether Republicans have the votes to pass the measure. No Senate Democrats support it. But if it does pass, it could mean the first step in a major change in the way Floridians receive health care." ...