Three bills backed by the National Rifle Association may very well be passed by Florida Republican legislatures and signed by Rick Scott, Governor. The first would make it much harder to convict individuals of murder if their defense is "stand your ground." The second would allow any citizen who legally owns any type pf gun, assault rifles included, to openly carry them in public. They could carry them in the mall, the theater, restaurants, any venue of their choosing. The third bill would permit students, staff and visitors to carry guns on public college campuses. Let's picture it: any sudent could carry an AK 47 into his classroom and as long as the muzzle is pointing downward he or she would be in his or her legal rights to do so. The justification of these measures is to increase safety in our society and in the case of the last measure (HB4001) allow students to fight off terrorists, rapists and other dangerous criminals. I shall spend time tonight trying to convince you that these bills are real and not the paranoid fantasy of my title. I will create scenarios that I believe will certainly happen after these laws are enacted. I will then state my hopefully paranoid belief as to why the NRA is pushing these bills. I will try and end today's story on a positive note but I will need the help of my listeners.
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