The so called Vocal Majority Tour to support what they call common sense change that keeps guns out of the wrong hands stopped in the State Capitol today, in part because of the 2014 shooting at Florida State University, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us the groups efforts may be too little, too late to impact the 2016 election.
The state Capitol was the fifth stop on a 50 city tour before election day. The tour, sponsored by gabby Giffords group Americans for Responsible Solutions is urging voters to choose candidates promoting gun restrictions. Lauren North is leading the tour.
“Common sense gun regulations need to happen this November” says North.
The event was interrupted by the proverbial train thats already left the station. The trains horn make it hard to hear speakers. The groups message did not resonate voters in the August 30th primary.
While the campaign is asking voters to think about guns in November, it may a little late. The NRA backed candidates in the August primary won more than 75% of the time.
In contested state primaries, the NRA was five for five. NRA backed candidates also won 14 of 17 House primaries. State Rep. Alan Williams has been on the losing side of most gun votes in the legislature.
“All of the major gun backers in Florida won their primaries. Isn’t it a little late for this” we asked?
A:Well, I don’t think its ever too late for this” responded the term limited legislator.
We asked Lauren North the same question.
“Well, I think it’s an ongoing case that we are making. We are hoping that in November, even though those candidates wonton their primaries. we can show that gun rights, or gun violence prevention voters really do have a voice in North Florida and beyond” says North.
The NRA also claimed victory in the Jacksonville State Attorneys race, taking out incumbent Angela Corey because she prosecuted the woman who got 20 years for firing a warning shot at her ex husband.
The NRA declined to comment on this story. Among the restrictions being sought are smaller magazines, better background checks at guns shows and for transactions between individuals, and a ban on semi automatic assault style weapons.