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Scott coming to take away your guns?
Posted Apr 5, 2012 by William March
Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Believe it or not, that’s the concern expressed by the National Organization for Gun Rights.
In an unusual attack from the right on Gov. Rick Scott, the head of the organization posted an item on its web site Wednesday posing the question that was on almost nobody’s mind:
“Gov. Scott gunning for your guns?” asked Dudley Brown, executive vice president of the group.
Brown was reacting to news that Scott has proposed a task force to review Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
“Governor Rick Scott is going to convene an anti-gun task force to gut Florida’s self-defense laws,” he wrote in alarm. The merits of the law, he wrote, don’t “mean anything to Governor Scott and the anti-gunners who are now hell-bent on repealing this good law based on the anecdotal evidence of one interpretation of events in Florida.”
“Mark my words,” he warned. The task force “will not only recommend gutting this law; they will work to turn back all of the pro-gun advancements and initiatives in Florida.”
Citing the phone number for the governor’s office, he urged readers, “Call Governor Scott ... Tell him to ditch this so-called ‘task force’ now. Demand that he not cave to senseless mob rule by stripping your self-defense rights.”
Scott spokesmen said he won’t respond to the posting, but it’s probably fair to say that the accusation of being opposed to gun rights is one that hasn’t previously been lodged in any serious way against Scott, who was endorsed by the NRA in the 2010 election.