Joe Henderson: Mixed messages abound in gun control debate – Florida Politics (blog)
While survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre got headlines and lots of support in the weeks following the murders there, the National Rifle Association was raking in cash.
Lots of cash.
The Miami Herald reported the NRA’s Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million in March. For perspective, that is $1.5 million more than the NRA raised in the same period a year ago.
It’s just the latest mixed message about how to fairly and legally confront the issue of gun violence in Florida and throughout the nation. Rather than create a unified spirit of compromise after 17 people died in Parkland, lines have hardened and the violence continues.
Even as a 16-member commission created to study what happened in Parkland and make recommendations began its work, Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags lowered to half staff in memory of Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey.
They were shot to death last week while sitting down for lunch.
The killer was identified as John Hubert Highnote. He was found dead nearby after the shooting.
Why did he do it?
We may never know. Why does anyone do something like that?
Meanwhile, everyone now knows the story of James Scott, praised as a hero for wrestling an AR-15 away from the shooter during an attack Sunday morning in Nashville that killed four people at a Waffle House.
Scott likely saved many lives by confronting accused shooter Travis Reinking in the middle of the attack.
Scott was unarmed.
So much for the theory that a good guy with a gun is the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun.
Oh, and there was another school shooting in Florida – this time at Forest High School in