BY BUDDY NEVINS
When I read the bill that two Broward Democratic lawmakers filed this week, I couldn’t help thinking of Don Quixote and his trustee sidekick Sancho Panza.
You remember Don Quixote?
He’s the poor Spaniard who reads so many chivalrous novels that he becomes deluded. He believes he is a knight sent to banish evil and defend the helpless.
That fiction is contained in a novel from the early 1600s.
But Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are very real in the Broward Legislative Delegation. Their names are State Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, and state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland.
Waldman and Ring filed identical bills that would remove a state prohibition forbidding local governments from regulating guns.
These bills have little or no chance of passing. I can’t image them even getting to the floor for a vote.
Waldman and Ring are like Don Quixote tilting at windmills.
They are either fooling themselves that they can be victorious. Or know they can’t pass these bills and are spinning the public.
I believe the later. They have other goals in mind.
These bills are good politics in Waldman and Ring’s overwhelmingly Democratic districts nestled in west Broward.
Through news releases and public statements Waldman and Ring will remind the gun-loving Florida Legislative majority that there are some parts of this state that want the option to control firearms. It will get coverage here and win strengthen their support in their Democratic base.
They can also use the bills to point out that the Republican leadership are hypocrites. Calling attention to Republican flaws is always popular among grass roots Democrats.
With their philosophy of small, less centralized government, the GOP claims it supports local government. It claims that government closest to the people works best.
Waldman and Ring will point out this philosophy is phony when it comes to gun control.
In the end, this feel-good gun control legislation is a distraction in the name of politics. It takes time away from other, more achievable measures.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza wasted time in an impractical quest to fulfill their lofty ideals.
Sounds like Waldman and Ring and their gun control legislation.
Just one thing I want to know. Which one is Don Quixote and which one is Sancho Panza?
Don Quote and Sancho Panza or State Rep. Jim Waldman and State Sen. Jeremy Ring
Here is the most relevant part of Ring’s Senate bill:
Section 1. Section 790.33, Florida Statutes, is amended to
16 790.33 Field of regulation of firearms and ammunition;
17 county and municipal ordinances preempted.—
18 (1) PREEMPTION.—Except as otherwise expressly prohibited
19 provided by the State Constitution or general law, the
20 municipalities and counties of this state may enact and enforce
21 ordinances that regulate Legislature hereby declares that it is
22 occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and
23 ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation,
24 manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation
25 thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county,
26 city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative
27 regulations or rules adopted by local or state government
28 relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or
29 regulations are hereby declared null and void.