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oh that NRA second amendment!

Today in South Florida, while a gunman made his way into the Broward County Courthouse (read story), and while a golfer was shot and killed in the back, on the golf course, our lawmakers in Tallahassee are pushing a new gun bill that is backed / written by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The purpose of the bill?  To loosen current regulations on the use of gun and ammunition ownership, and to prohibit lawmakers in Florida from fashioning stricter gun laws that would change or supersede the law.

Senator Joe Negron (R), has been working with the NRA for six months to craft this bill.  Negron said it’s entirely coincidental that this bill was filed this week while the tragedy in Tuscon was unfolding.

As if that is not bad enough, Senator Greg Evers (R), and Rep. Jason Brodeur (R) filed identical bills that would make it a felony for health care professionals (doctors or any medical provider), to inquire about whether a patient has access to firearms.

Currently in Broward County, a three day waiting period (a “cooling off” period) is in place, and has been law since 2001.  Negron’s bill would do away with the cooling off period entirely.  In addition, the law would prohibit all lawmakers from making changes to the gun laws once this bill is in effect.  All of Florida would have to abide by one state gun law, one standard as opposed to variations from county to county.

The second amendment says:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

I interpret the second amendment this way:  A member of a MILITIA, who is protecting the state, has the right to bear arms.  Do you read it this way, too?

The founders were not giving all people the right to bear arms.

Is the NRA so powerful, mighty, and rich, they purchased the second amendment?   I feel they have.  They own it.

Therefore, the second amendment should read:  A well regulated NRA, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Incidentally, why do we need high-powered guns?   Well, of course we need to add assault weapons to the second amendment, too!

How’s this: A well regulated NRA, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear assault weapons, shall not be infringed.

Sound good?

Oh, and Glocks, like the one used by the Tuscon madman, are very common now.  And Uzi’s they’re popular, too.

So, we need to change the amendment again.  It should read: A well regulated NRA, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Glocks, Uzi machine guns and other assault weapons, shall not be infringed.

Yes. That makes better sense, and it fits the reality of our neighborhoods with greater accuracy.  As a matter of fact, in Massachusetts, a trial just concluded that involved an Uzi and an 8 year old.  The Sherriff in charge of the gun show was on trial, facing manslaughter for putting on a gun fair in which an 8 year old boy was killed.  The Sherriff was found not guilty.

An 8 year old boy used an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair.

Correction:  This incident happened at a gun range that was connected to the gun fair.  The father of the 8 year boy wanted his son to have his first experience using a gun – an Uzi.  Although workers at the gun show attempted to dissuade the father from allowing his son to use the Uzi, as they felt it inappropriate for a boy his age, the father insisted.  The father signed a waiver allowing his son to use the assault weapon, and set about videotaping his son using the gun. That is when the gun went off.

The Sheriff was found not guilty and the father was not charged.  Asked why the father was not charged, the DA explained that the father will feel guilty the rest of his life.

Now the second amendment looks like this: A well regulated NRA, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of children and adults to keep and bear Glocks, Uzi machine guns and other assault weapons, shall not be infringed.

There are so many guns in our communities; the second amendment has come true.

Our neighbors are the militia now.  But, here’s the rub: No one regulates this militia of madmen but the madmen themselves, as we have seen in Tuscon, and as we see all across the country every single day.

A well regulated NRA, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of madmen, children and adults to keep and bear Glocks, Uzi machine guns and other assault weapons, shall not be infringed.

That’s more like it.

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