Florida Governor’s Race Day One

It’s been less than twenty-four hours and already the race card is being flung at Republican Ron DeSantis like it was a shuriken. This is the kind of petty fauxrage bullshit that makes me kind of want to burn it all down. Andrew Gillum is being touted as the first black candidate for governor from one of the major parties. That’s a major accomplishment, but this kind of ridiculousness makes his candidacy look weak.

To be honest, I’m not particularly thrilled with either candidate. Both seem to be heavily courting the populist wings of their respective parties. Of course, that may be simply be pandering to their bases, which have swung wildly to the populist in the last few years.

In the end, I’ll most likely be pulling the lever for DeSantis due to the issue of guns. Gillum is very publicly anti-gun, and I can see him using the executive power of the governor to limit my rights in whatever way he think he can get away with.

Wednesday Gun Links

J.Kb over at Gun Free Zone wonders how the Jax shooter legally purchased his guns considering he’d been committed to a mental institution by his parents. My guess is that his commitment was as a minor and not included in NICS.

In a spite of principle, the ACLU defends the NRA against New York Gov Cuomo’s attacks on the NRA to obtain basic financial services. Or, the ACLU realizes if this isn’t challenged, the same tactic could be turned against them.

David French over at National Review opines on the danger of private sector gun control, particularly those who are designed to strangle the gun industry.

There was some pushback on those policies when Louisiana told BOA and Citi that they couldn’t participate because of their anti-gun policies.

This last isn’t strictly gun news, but it’s come about because of active shooter fears. The Wirecutter, which is my favorite review site, put up its recommendations for see-through backpacks for security theater.

To Vote or Not To Vote

I’ve missed two elections in the twenty-five years since I achieved my majority. Both were primaries where I had one or two races on the ballot. This will be the third I’m missing.

Why? Because I’ve just moved from Hillsborough County to Manatee. I know close to nothing about the local politics, and I refuse to be a low-information voter.

Now, the November elections? I’ll be ready for them.

Friday Quote – Sam Harris

“Why can’t civilized people like ourselves simply rely on the police? Well, look around you: Do you see a cop? Unless you happen to be a police officer yourself, or are married to one, you are very unlikely to be attacked in the presence of law enforcement. The role of the police is to respond in the aftermath of a crime and, with a little luck, to catch the person who committed it. If you are ever targeted by a violent predator, whether you and your family are injured or killed will depend on what you do in the first moments of the encounter. When it comes to survival, therefore, you are on your own. Once you escape and are in a safe place, by all means call the police. But dialing 911 when an intruder has broken into your home is not a reliable strategy for self-defense.“

Excerpt from this 2011 article. I would recommend that you RTWT.

First Question

If I’m going to debate someone, one of the first questions that need to be addressed is this:

Do you believe, or are you willing to concede that I believe, that I want you to have the best life you can according to your needs, wants, and desires?

If the answer is “yes,” then we can have a civilized conversation about the best means of bringing this about. If the answer is “no,” there is real doubt we can even have a conversation. Because there are very few people that I want them to have less than the best life possible. Those generally fall into those who willfully and maliciously harm others.