Florida bill would require anger management courses for bullet buyers
A Florida legislator wants anyone trying to buy ammunition to complete an anger management program first, in what critics say is the latest example of local lawmakers reaching for constitutionally-dubious solutions to the problem of gun violence.
The bill filed Saturday by state Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, would require a three-day waiting period for the sale of any firearm and the sale of ammunition to anyone who has not completed anger management courses. The proposal would require ammo buyers to take the anger management courses every 10 years.Right. Because remedial driver's ed for repeat drunk drivers has solved that problem, right? This is another hair-brained scheme thought up by a lightweight that would be laughed at if it was proposed for any other of our constitutionally enumerated rights. Just try passing a law that says you need to go to college before you can express an opinion on the government. I guarantee you the ACLU would trip over themselves filing lawsuits.
But because it's about EWW ICKY GUNS, they sure seem to be infringing away, aren't they?
On its very face it is deeply offensive. Millions of gun owners manage to safely and securely own guns without ever harming another soul, yet this screeching harridan has us all lumped in with Travis Bickle. Isn't that lovely? How positively ... tolerant. Simply because you own guns, you're a dangerous lunatic with anger management issues. Imagine that. A quaint stereotype perpetuated by Hollywood and not rooted in reality.
One wonders if this woman thinks Scots are cheap and all Mormons have multiple wives?
It's far more telling about her world view, isn't it? If you own a gun, in her twisted, stunted mind, you obviously must have a mental defect that requires counseling. Never mind that it's a Constitutionally enumerated right. Never mind that there are thousands, if not millions, of gun owners who own guns simply because they like to hunt, or are avid target shooters, or even just enjoy plinking. No, you must want a gun because you have problems with anger management, you knuckle-dragging cousin-humper.
If it wasn't so serious, it would be laughable. If this were one lone representative in New York or California or Massachusetts, she'd be easy to shrug off as YATB*. But coming from Florida, of all places? I know, I know, even Texas has pockets of moonbattery and all that, but still... It's disheartening to see someone that has to answer to constituents posing such an insulting and inflammatory bill - because just like Marion Barry, Mumbles Menino, and Ray Nagin, she'll be re-elected despite her idiocy.
And despite her rampant prejudice and bigotry, too...
That is all.
*Yet Another True Believer