‘Red meat’: House anti-socialist resolution, 2nd amendment memorial triggers heated debate

‘Red meat’: House anti-socialist resolution, 2nd amendment memorial triggers heated debate

A set of bills designed to define the stances of the legislature cleared their final committee Tuesday. Although the proposals made it out unscathed, each brought with it heated debate. The House Judiciary Committee heard the two proposals — a memorial rejecting federal gun control measures and a resolution denouncing democratic socialism — on Tuesday. Both passed along party lines and are headed to the House floor. The bills drew heavy criticism from Democratic lawmakers, many of whom describe the legislation as nothing more than bullet points on a reelection campaign flyer. The proposals would not change any Florida statute, just establish the position of the Legislature, which is currently controlled by a Republican majority. The House Judiciary Committee first took up Northwest Florida Republican Rep. Jason Shoaf’s House memorial ( HM 1301 ), which seeks to formally reject President Joe Biden’s efforts on gun control. The bill voices the Legislature’s stance against Biden’s gun control proposals, calling the measures “unconstitutional.” “Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but overthrow those that seek to pervert the Constitution,’” Shoaf said. “This memorial is not about what we have done. It’s about what we won’t do in the future.” While addressed to the President, the memorial does not list any specific measures by Biden or Congress in regard to gun control, instead referring to anticipated proposals. The memorial rejects any proposals “forthcoming at the federal level […]

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