The Florida Senate passed an amendment today, effectively banning the purchase of AR15’s in the state by placing a 2-year moratorium on the sale of the weapons.
Then, 15 minutes later, Republicans sabotaged that by holding a “do-over” and overturning the already accepted amendment on a roll call vote that came in 21/17 to negate it. It’s nice to see that you can just keep re-voting on the same thing over and over again until it turns out the way you want it to turn out in Florida.
It happened during a rare all-day Saturday session of the state legislature where multiple measures to reduce gun violence were considered. The flip-flop was received poorly at best by state residents who have been pushing for some form of gun control since the recent mass high school shooting in Parkland.
One survivor of the shooting, Cameron Kasky, took to Twitter to also express his disappointment and re-affirm his and his classmates’ resolve on the issue.
Florida is not disheartened by the pathetic choices made by our lawmakers. We’re simply excited to kick them out and save our own lives. We have more hope now than ever. We have a very clear understanding of who’s with us and who’s against us. #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 3, 2018
Democrats forced the Republicans to hold an open roll-call vote and have it recorded so the names of Florida Republicans who sold their state out would be a matter of public record, undoubtedly to be used in coming elections.