People sometimes ask me, and the growing number of people like me, why we are "anti-cop". I always reply that I am not. For some reason, most of the rank and file officers and deputies I know are pleasant individuals, like most people. So when people accuse conservative libertarian types like me of being "anti-cop" I always clarify that I am usually against high ranking law enforcement officials and the various law enforcement organizations to which they belong because they are always trying to restrict my freedom.
Enter my state Senator, Charlie Dean. He does not care about my 2nd amendment rights. He doesn't care that Florida is only one of seven states that deny people the right of "open carry". He only cares about being a spokesperson for the Florida Sheriff's Association. The FSA is against SB 234, which lets Floridians with concealed weapons permits carry openly. The FSA does not care that open carry is not a problem in Alabama and Georgia. The FSA does not care that in 27 of the 43 "open carry" states there is not even a permit requirement, so that permits in most states are only to let a person legally conceal a weapon or firearm. At first, it was said the FSA would drop its opposition to SB 234 if the senator who sponsored the bill put absolutely ludicrous restrictions on open carry, restrictions that no other states have. Then the FSA even took away this little bone.
And because the FSA is against my rights, my senator is against my rights.This is not a very good way to make friends of people in the community who are productive, well educated, informed, and who put a high value on liberty, law, and order. The FSA should drop its opposition to CWFL licensees carrying openly so that my senator, who is on the criminal justice committee, can represent his constituents.