By Carl Hiaasen

Appropriate Job For Big NRA Backer

January 15, 2013 12:00 am Category: Memo Pad 40 Comments A+ / A-
Appropriate Job For Big NRA Backer

It’s only fitting that the NRA’s biggest tool in Florida is a funeral director.

He is Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican who does whatever the gun lobby wants.

Three days after the slaughter of first-graders in Newtown, CT, Baxley made national headlines by suggesting that weapons should be carried by employees at public schools.

Said he: “In our zealousness to protect people from harm, we’ve created all these gun-free zones, and what we’ve inadvertently done is we’ve made them a target. A helpless target is exactly what a deranged person is looking for where they cannot be stopped.”

So that’s the problem. It’s not crackpots with Bushmasters, it’s those darn gun-free zones.

And since a brain-free zone usually encircles Florida’s Legislature, count on some eager-beaver lawmaker to follow up on Baxley’s idea of arming teachers, coaches, maybe even cafeteria workers.

You might be wondering what kind of a person would advocate saturating our schools with loaded firearms. How about a grandfather of eight who lists his hobbies as fishing, reading and “listening to gospel music”?

Rock on, Dennis. Nearer my Glock to thee!

Although Baxley has been on the boards of child-protection groups in Marion County, the massacre of those innocent children in Connecticut failed to shake his faith in a guns-for-all philosophy.

He’s been a longtime darling of the NRA. In 2004 the group gave him an A-plus rating and a “Defender of Freedom” award, and four years later it pumped $35,000 into his election campaign, according to Mother Jones magazine.

In return, Baxley has been as obedient and loyal as a puppy. He’s responsible for Florida’s half-baked “Stand Your Ground” law, now a go-to legal defense for any dope dealer or gangbanger who shoots down a rival on the street.

The law has been so problematic for prosecutors that Gov. Rick Scott last year formed a taskforce to review it. Baxley, of course, was given a prime seat.

As head of the House Judiciary Committee, he’s in a position to snuff proposed changes to the “Stand Your Ground” statute. Similarly, any sane legislation that might limit access to weapons and mass ammo clips of the sort used at Sandy Hook Elementary would have to get Baxley’s approval, which will never happen.

He’s way too tight with Marion Hammer, Florida’s top gun lobbyist and a cloud-mate of that gibbering NRA wingnut, Wayne LaPierre. Both Hammer and LaPierre trade on the myth that they speak for America’s gun owners, when they don’t even speak for the group’s membership.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    I guess it could have been worse, the NRA could have chosen the professor that claimed the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary was staged. It never happened. What a pathetic bunch of morons!

    • TZToronto

      And immunity!

    • highpckts

      Can you believe that?? Amazing!!

    • johninPCFL

      After his comments, the Hillsborough County school superintendant forwarded a plan to place armed officers into all the schools. No word yet on how much property taxes will have to be increased to pay for them.

      Oh, wait. It’s a GOP plan, so it’ll be a fee instead of a tax increase. Maybe a “protect your kid at school” fee.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Why Is It That All These Greedy Bastards Have These Big Hog Heads!!! Another Money Grubbing Thug Would Don’t Give A Shit About NOTHING But Making More Money!!!:-(

  • docb

    The tide has turned..The new polls say America is for regulation of background checks and to ban assault weapons..and High capacity magazines …The dinosaurs have been exposed and are not cute and cuddly but mercenary with blood for profit on their hands!

    The timing is prophetic!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BYDAIVJTZGBZ467TOPBA7MAE6E olafaux

    20 LITTLE boys & GIRLS, all of them WHITE Kids were slaughtered. This FOOL does NOT care! Have Mercy!
    God bless America!

    • Yappy2

      Why did you make the point that all 20 children murdered were White Kids? It was a tradgedy that any 20 children were killed while attending school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.medina.3701 Abraham Medina

    Incredible—people like this guy still cannot fathom the threat of indiscriminate ownership of assault weapons…what is he waiting for? Maybe he is waiting for himself or a loved one shot by an insane person to convince him of what is being done in DC and concerned governors concerning assault weapons at the hands of crazy and insane people, INCLUDING officers of the NRA who want to save their profitable business of spreading WMDs.

  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    Is the the guy that is backing revokation of the mandatory seatbelt laws?

    Because people that don’t wear seatbelts & have accidents are good for the replacement glass companies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

    If allowing guns in schools, churches, parks, bars, restaurants, sports arenas, etc is such a good idea, why are they banned in legislative offices and political conventions?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      Including Congress!

    • ALTreality

      You forgot to mention federal buildings and courthouses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mj-Zuzich/100001345397053 M.j. Zuzich

    A Republican mortician and a dream too good to be true. Only in America. Stand your ground indeed.

  • Mr Wiseguy

    These gun nuts need to spend a week in a very violent projects to see what they have helped create.

  • AlfredSonny

    Looks like the funeral director is promoting gun rights to increase his business.

  • AlfredSonny

    Is the man standing behind the funeral director Senator Rubio? If so, does it mean that he, a potential GOP presidential candidate, is promoting for more dead bodies to generate more revenues in the funeral industry?

  • stcroixcarp

    I wish the NRA would simply say,”Gun violence is not acceptable. Period!”

  • daniel bostdorf

    No ordinary citizen should possess or be in possession of assault and military grade weapons of mass destruction. Especially extended magazines etc.

    Only the military and law enforcement should have these weapons.
    We need to very much tighten oversight of who owns these weapons. We need a national database of owners and they should be forced to hands these weapons over in a “buy back” program funded by the gun manufactures via a hefty tax.

    We need to implement the recommendations of the 1968 Gun Control Act know as the Brady Bill.

    We need federal, state and local oversight and reporting of individuals who represent a danger to themselves and others, and force doctors to report threats.

    Finally, we need to destigmatize and decriminalize people with brain chemistry disorders that cause mental illness. We need to expand community and school health services to adequately screen for the beginnings of psychotoc behavior and get medications into these individuals.

    Poeple with brain disorders can be effectively treated with drugs.

    Check out the story of a man, Ben Boone and minority of mind, who is defeating the stigma of mental illness with drugs, counseling and peer support.

    Stop the madness of guns now.

  • daniel bostdorf

    No ordinary citizen should possess or be in possession of assault and military grade weapons of mass destruction. Especially extended magazines etc.

    Only the military and law enforcement should have these weapons.
    We need to very much tighten oversight of who owns these weapons. We need a national database of owners and they should be forced to hands these weapons over in a “buy back” program funded by the gun manufactures via a hefty tax.

    We need to implement the recommendations of the 1968 Gun Control Act know as the Brady Bill.

    We need federal, state and local oversight and reporting of individuals who represent a danger to themselves and others, and force doctors to report threats.

    Finally, we need to destigmatize and decriminalize people with brain chemistry disorders that cause mental illness. We need to expand community and school health services to adequately screen for the beginnings of psychotoc behavior and get medications into these individuals.

    Poeple with brain disorders can be effectively treated with drugs.

    Check out the story of a man, Ben Boone and minority of mind, who is defeating the stigma of mental illness with drugs, counseling and peer support.

    Stop the madness of guns now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Declare fatwah on baxley!

  • DEFENDER88

    Some stark reality
    Just feeling good because you got assault weapons banned does not necessairly actually make things safer.
    This should not be about you feeling good about having done something. It should be about what will actually work and actually make things safer NOW.
    If you think banning assault weapons is going to stop the killing in Gun Free Zones you are just wishing, hoping, and dreaming. There are too many of them out there already in the hands of the bad guys and crazies. The horse has already left the barn on that one. It will take many years for there to be any noticable effect, if ever. And the bad guys are not going to turn theirs in.
    In the mean time any Gun Free Zone is still vulnerable to the same thing.
    If not with assault rifles a hand gun can do(and has done) the same thing.
    Increased security is the only sure answer for the immediate solution.
    But it needs to get better NOW. Not 6 months from now.
    Otherwise, unfortunately, the killings will continue.

    • Yappy2

      How about we put bullet proof vests and helmets on our children while they are in school or on the playground?

  • onedonewong

    Thank you Mr Baxley. It’s law that makes far more sense then states like CA and NY and MA that require you to retreat and only allowed to shoot AFTER being stabbed shot or beat up.
    Isn’t amazing that the State Run Media runs this article but when Barak signed a bill to provide himself and family with life time SS protection not a word was written

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

      Duh? Where do you come up with your crap?

      • onedonewong

        Don’t have newspapers where you live???

  • bchrista

    I must be hittingsore spots everytime I post something on Disqus, I just a reply from someone who calls himself Roger William Kaufman, he thinks I am a DUMD ASS because I expressed my opinion on the ownership of assualt weapons and high capacity magazines, seems Roger boy owns a bushel of guns and an A-r15 or something I really don’t care, but then he goes on to tell me about Austraiia where guns have been banned and the whole country is now on fire because of the rising crime rate. So he suggests that he promotes and believes in everybody owning a lot of weapons. I am still baffeled as to why any one need any more weapons than a couple of weapons to as he says defend oneself or for hunting purposes, you can only fire one weapon at a time unless your’e planning to visit a school or mall or office building and still one gun should be sufficient after all your in most cases is unarmed and you have the advantage of surprise isn’t that they call shooting ducks in a barrel and if we arm every living soul with a closet full of assualt weapons woopie! we can have a practice run just to stay sharp and every sunday get a group of friends and have a shoot out at the OK CORREL I mean that will get rid of the boredom, mean while the nuts and mental deranged are still loose and with the flood of weapons they can get their hands on another group of 6 and 7 year olds and teachers become target practice for these deranged bastards but hey we still got our guns and that’s all that counts. We will sorry for them and in a week or two they will have been forgotten but hey we still got our guns and so long as it’s happening to someone elses kids well life goes on. BUT wait till it happens to one of the gun nuts kids WOW now that’s something else they will want to shoot every deranged son-of-a-bitch he can find and the world is not big enough or the two of them reside in. Hey it only hurts when it happens to you fuck the rest of the world. So Mr. Kaufman either accept some kind regulation or accep the fact that the chicken do come home to roost some day. And if you armed every single citizen in the United States you would still be out armed, out manned and out gutted because that’s why we have the best armed military in the world and if ever the government decided to overtake the country, they would walk through you and me like hot butter.they have better weapons better technology better everything , the public is out of it’s class in a war against our forces. And if anyone wanted to rob you they would probably already know that you own guns which I’m pretty sure you have probably bragged about most gun owners do the wouldn’t hesitate to shoot first and ask questions later and if you are like most home owners you have a wife and maybe one or two kids would you risk getting them hurt to prove what a macho you are, I don’t think so.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Funeral director? Guess the business of routine dying isn’t bringing this dude enough income.

  • bchrista

    Hey try going in a court house, or some office building , or riding on a Grey Hound Bus I found out they hard way I had traveled half way on a trip I was taken and got to Jacksonville and they did a scan before they letus get on the next bus out and I had a pocket knife with a four inch blade and they confiscated it, so I complained and they put me off the bus and I was stuck in Jacksonville for over fours before I could continue on my way, and I had to make a consession that they would put my knife in an envelope give it to the driver and he would give it back to me when I arrived at my destination. I couldn’t believe it. So if guns are the way to go why all the scanning and confiscating of anything they consider a weapon that is the work of a two faced asshole it’s not what I do it’s what I say do when and where I want you to do it.

  • bchrista

    Daniel Bostdorf makes some good points ,however, who gonna make sure that these mentally disturbed individuals take their medication it’ beenproven that for some reason when put on a we trust you system they ignore it do not take the medicine and then we have problems and the biggest violators are them family member responsible for that person. And nine times out of ten the house house is loaded with assualt weapons or he knows someone nearby that has a cache full of what he needs or as has been the case in several of these shootings they obtained what they needed online, they are mentally disturbed until they want to pull their shit then know how to go about getting these weapons to do their dirty deed then they become mentally disturbed again. The way I look at it is simple when a nut goes on a rampage and he commits suicide then the person responsible for that person must take the punishmentwhat ever that maybe, if we made more people responsible for their kins action then they would find some place to commit them or face the consequences of their actions, why should hve tto suffer for the failings of others they won’t give up their weapons then pay the piper it this starts happening I am sure you will see a drop in gun ownership who wants to die for the foley of other either shit or get off the pot.

  • bchrista

    I don’t know exactlly what the person who posted a comment about seatbelts and winshield glass was try to get across, it didn’t make sense. but here’s my take on seabelts they aren’t all they’re cut out to be, the main thing they have accomplished to this point is build a bigger basket for the cities and states to get into the publics pockets most of the patrol officers are ignoring speeding and concentrating on issuing citations for seatbelts it’s easier and least hassle must people who get a seatbelt ticket don’t contest them meanwhile the cities and the states are making piles of money and they irony is that they don’t tell the public the truth, seatbelts don’t save lives that’s only partly true but mostly bullshit, you don’t believe me to bad you can’t ask the woman who was driving home from the grocery store and some drunk asshole jumped into her lane and hit her headon she was wearing a seat belt and he wasn’t they both died at the scene and that happened recently the seatbelt didn’t help her except to keep her pinned in her truck so she couldn’t move, just maybe she might have survived no one can tell. Or in my home State of Florida cars should be more like submarinesbecause they are constantly going into the canals and how many people do you know that thinks fast enough to undo their seatbelts as they sink, usually the car winds up on it’s top and those canals are very dark and murkey once you go in them and you have to watch out and be careful there are some pretty big gators that like to sun on the shore but move very fast when they need toand most don’t fear humans because even humans are told not to feed them they do it anyway a gator fears only one thing and that is an outboard motorplus there are moccosins to contend with lets face it the Everglades covers a large part of Florida it isn’t all Beaches. I forget but there several hundreds of miles of canals that’s Florida source of water. When it doesn’t rain for a long time Florida has a water problem but enough history Florida’s canals have claimed many a lives I can’t say it’s because of the seatbelts but they have helped many of people not coming back. I know some one will say that’s why you have those deployable air bags can you imagine being strapped in with a seatbelt and this big ole bag deploying at the same time your sinking upside down and apparently the airbag didn’t help that woman in the truck either someone once said statistics are what you want them to show and no more, the grave yards are full of seatbelts users. Like I said they are one hellava revenue source for the governments another suttle way of taxing the tax payer.

    • Yappy2

      And then there are people like my nephew’s son who was in a one truck accident. He didn’t have his seatbelt on and hit a tree and went sailing thru the windsheild and as a result he was brain dead. His parents took him off the respirator and donated his organs to help other people but I know they would rather he was alive with a healthy brain.

  • bchrista

    Hey onedonewong are you you trying to tell us that all forty plus presidents before Obama didn’t have the Secrect Service protecting them, shame on you Obama, how dare you change the status quo and provide something for yourself that other president did without, I really don’t understand you. hows that onedonewong did I tell him off I mean how dare him to do such a thing we might have to impeach him, I mean him being black and all how dare him to take such priviliges, you have to excuse him we will teash him better. will that satisfy you and your right wing brothers and don’t bother with the quotes we already kno your an asshole you don’t have to prove.

  • mbee1

    Why do you liberals want to kiss the feet of the people who govern you? None of you seem to understand liberty and have no concept of self defense. I would remind you your own government not that long ago crushed the wall street sit ins with a large show of police beating your head in. A few years back it stole billions in property from the Japanese Americans and sat on its rear end while mobs lynched blacks while throwing people in jail who wanted to marry someone of another race while the supremos applauded. You folks stand one vote in congress and one supreme court vote away from being killed at the whim of whoever is in charge. So your response to a few nuts is to make yourselves even more dependent on your rulers.

  • bchrista

    Hey defender88 I don’t know planet you dropped from but you can bet that the government know to the last one who owns one and where it’s at, and as for armed guards you forget who you are dealing with, you can arm teachers, janitors anybody you want and you won’t stop it . To start with teachers are fr the most part just that like janitors and most any body that’s not used to packing heat, they talk about a two day course and then turning them loose with weapons to protect the kids I’ll you what if I had kids I would want to know what schools did this and I would keep my kids and try to home school them myself. To start with you don’t become a gunner after a two day course and secondly the shooter doesn’t send out invitations to a shootout so maybe your armed guard gets lucky and is able to spot him before he starts shooting but if he doesn’t lord pity the ones the shooter gets before they get him and then again the shooter might get lucky himself and hit the guard first and then what have you got, Newton all over again. And while we are at it how may armed guards do you think it will take at each school to accomplish all of this, then the next thing who will foot the bill, remember the guard will require equipment , training, insurance, and last but not least a decent paycheck to put his life on the line if need be. And here all we are talking about is the deficit and now we are imbarking on a venture that will require millions of dollars the exact amount who knows and all because some nuts would rather see their kids or their neighbors kids shot to pieces because they won’t give up their weapons of mass distruction, friends you can bet the shit house you will see Newton an Columbine all over again and for what so a few individuals can keep reaping bundles of money of the back of innocentsmay God forgives us all for the wrath we have brought upon ourselves remember in the Bible the locusts well this time it will be the gun because as we talk more guns are being sold and some into hands that shouldn’t possess one. You can thank people like Marion Hammer, Wayne Lapierre, Dennis Baxley who gets a big bonus LoL

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherleye.thomas Sherleye Thomas

    LET US STOP BEING THE FOOL OR AT LEAST OWN UP AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE, ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAS GONE INTO THOSE SCHOOLS AND KILLED WOULD HAVE PASSED THE GUN LAW CHECKS THAT WE HAVE HERE. AND ANY FUTURE ONES ALSO. NOW. THE PROBLEM IS ASSAULT WEAPONS BEING SOLD TO THE PUBLIC. THE SOLUTION IS TO BAND ALL SALE TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE MILITARY FOR WHOM THEY ARE MADE, THE BAND SHOULD INCLUDE SALES THROUGH THE INTERNET, TRADE, ANY PARTS, OR AND INCLUDED INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE AN ASSAULT WEAPONS FROM REGULAR MATERIAL ETC. YOU GET THE JEST. WE HAVE A BAND ON MATERIAL MADE FROM ENDANGERED ANIMAL LIKE COMBS MADE FROM TURTOISE SHELL, IVORY, THE TUSK FROM ELEPHANTS, AND RIGHTFULLY SO, BUT FOR SOME REASON SOME JUST CAN’T SEEM TO THINK THAT WE HUMANS ARE WORTH THE SAME RESPECT AS AN ANIMAL. MICHAEL VICK’S DOG FIGHTING SENT HIM TO JAIL FOR WHAT USED TO BE AN OLD WHITE GENTLEMAN SPORT. WATCH THE WORDINGS PEOPLE, WHEN THEY SALE YOU THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS THEY USE TERMS AS , THUG, DRUG, CRACKHEADS, CARJACKERS, RAPIST ETC, AND THE FIRST THING POPS IN YOUR HEAD IS N….GERS, RIGHT? I AM BLACK AND IT POPS INTO MINES. SO LET STOP PUSSY FOOTING AROUND, THE REAL REASON THE GUNS WILL CONTINUE TO SALE IS PEOPLE ARE BUYING INTO THE OLD ANTHEM OF LET US PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THE DARKIES. THE FEAR THAT HAS MADE A MANY OF YOUR OWN RICH AND NOW RICHER. YOU ARE BEING USED AND YOU DON’T EVEN SEE IT. I HOPE WE ALL WAKE UP AND REALIZE THE WORK OF SATAN AND REALIZE THAT FEAR IS NOT FROM GOD.

  • bchrista

    In response to yappy2 how fast was your nephew traveling 100 plus in that case he would have broken his neck and you would still be donating his organs don’t make excuses for stupidity most young people do things that are not evident on the face, maybe the tree just jumped up in his way and he couldn’t avoid it. how many other people do you know that have died wearing a seatbelt I used to drive a wrecker on the weekends and had to see first hand the accidents I am now 80 yrs old and have seen a lot more than you have believe me you don’t want to witness some of my experiences.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WPYMQGOASW47KWYNS6BZYLBEPM furious

    At least, we could try some of our cities,counties or states, to a gun free places that even
    the police forces are not carry guns, except their national guard and special forces , just like some of European countries have been doing for decades,by city or state wide citizens approvals for the sake and protection of their own rights and safety,instead of being so rational and brutal! after all as a civilized nation we could improve towards a better society,It’s probably just a dream, never coming to reality!! It’s just a simple opinion!

  • faxt42

    We are living in the cow boys era, all citizens should carry any kind of guns to protect him/herself. Funeral house director turned politician , of course has to find any ways to increase his personal business survices…..unfortunate !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwolf.garcia M Wolf Garcia

    Putting this guy in charge of any panel discussing gun control is like making Tommy Chong the director of the DEA.

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