Thursday, March 8, 2018

Baby Steps

In a state where it’s legal to carry concealed weapons and it’s legal to shoot someone based on your personal assessment that they pose a threat to you, the Florida legislature has taken some welcome baby steps to promote gun safety. Their bill would impose a short three-day waiting period for the purchase of weapons similar to those used in the Parkland Massacre and raises the age for purchase of these killing machines to 21.

Granted, these are small, incremental improvements toward the safety of Florida citizens and I welcome that. But more so, I welcome the fact that the citizens of Florida now have their public servants engaged in a debate about gun safety, something that the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate refuses to do.