There has always been the suspicion that the NRA writes legislation for gun control, but now there’s proof.
The bill that would expand Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws to include waving your gun in a threatening manner or firing warning shots was written by former NRA president and current gun lobbyist Marion Hammer, according to Republican Senator Greg Evers. Evers is one of the two sponsors of the bill.
This news is just the latest in a long history of Ms. Hammer’s illustrious career in participating in expanding pro-gun laws in the state of Florida. In the 1980’s, Ms. Hammer was instrumental in getting the state to issue mass concealed carry permits to residents and is almost singly responsible for the creation of “Stand Your Ground.” Hammer gave wording of the infamous law to the Republican lawmakers who sponsored the bill.
The “shot-across-the-bow” law would include giving immunity to gun owners from the current “10-20-Life” law, which requires an automatic 10-year sentence for anyone accused of flashing or using a gun in the commission of a felony.
Interestingly, it was the NRA that helped pass the “10-20-Life” laws in the first place. We suspect that the strategy here is to keep people emotionally charged using fear tactics and badly gathered statistics regarding gun accidents and gun related crimes so that any law that encourages gun sales will be met with enthusiasm by Florida’s lawmakers.
Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws came under national scrutiny during the trial of self-appointed neighborhood watch enthusiast George Zimmerman‘s murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.