Saturday, March 10, 2018

Is a Change Gonna Come?

I don't want to come right out and try to make any predictions, but the National Rifle Association may finally have met its match.  When Congress refused to even consider new restrictions on firearms, those teenagers in Florida, the ones affected by the mass shooting that took place in their school, refused to stand by and do nothing. They've been spearheading a movement to get common-sense gun regulations passed and they have made it clear that they won't be happy until they get them, and they won't stop fighting for them.  
The gun-control crowd won a minor victory in Florida itself, where a new school-safety bill was just signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.  With one eye on the students and another on a possible U.S. Senate run, Scott approved a bill that will allow some teachers to be armed per approval from local school districts and county sheriffs (none of whom may be crazy about the idea, so I don't see too many armed teachers in Florida in the near or even far future) but will also raise the minimum age for purchasing a rifle to 21 and appropriate $69 for mental health assistance in the schools and $98 million for increased school security.
Not surprisingly, the NRA is planing to sue Florida for placing age restrictions on firearm purchases.  This is only the first step in doing something about guns in America, and even though these teenagers are amazing in their commitment to righting a serious wrong in These States, I can't help but be skeptical about any real change.  Is this really the beginning of new movement that will recognize that guns ought to be under tighter controls and that the Second Amendment is about keeping well-regulated militias - i.e., the National Guard - and not about allowing any ol' citizen to have a gun? Or will this merely be Occupy Wall Street Mark Two?  
And the idea of Rick Scott - Rick Scott! - suddenly being on the side of gun control is like Donald Trump singing "We Shall Overcome" . . .

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