Last week, Florida Republican David Jolly voted to give another $20 million of taxpayer money to move forward with further gun control measures promoted by President Barack Obama. We wrote and warned Pinellas County voters (District 13) that Jolly would likely vote for additional gun control laws in February, 2014 (see 'Suggested by the author' below). In that article, it describes Jolly's performance at a debate with opponent Libertarian Lucas Overby; Jolly left it open he could favor additional gun control measures. Perhaps this is the new Republican Party (GOP) and their close ally the National Rifle Association (NRA), as yesterday, June 3, 2014, the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action called advocates for the Second Amendment scary and "downright weird." It is little wonder why Jolly has received a 92% positive rating from the NRA. Perhaps it is time genuine supporters of the Second Amendment leave the NRA and the Republican Party in favor of the Gun Owners of America and the Libertarian Party.
Jolly faces only Overby on the November General Election ballot as they are the only two qualified to have their names printed on the ballot now that Democrat Ed Jany has dropped out of the race. Unlike Jolly, Overby takes the Second Amendment seriously stating on his campaign website, "The Second Amendment is the acknowledgment of our inalienable right as Americans to keep and bear arms, and this right shall not be infringed upon. I will oppose any piece of legislation that in any way seeks to curtail a law abiding citizen's right to self preservation. I both strongly support the right of all citizens to own a weapon, and encourage individuals who own or handle weapons to be trained and familiarized with their weapons. Any attempt to remove or curtail this right of the American People will be viewed simply as an unconstitutional act, and more so an attack on the basic human right to self-defense that must be challenged."
Last Thursday, May 30, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on House Amendment 704 to H.R. 4660: An amendment to increase funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check system by $19.5 million. Jolly voted 'Yes' to increase funding for the background checks which have been disproven to thwart criminals in their acquisition of firearms, yet denies and increases the costs of Americans to enjoy their right under the Second Amendment. It was just a few months ago, Jolly was sworn into his elective office taking the oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, yet has already begun to discredit his oath by voting against the Second Amendment.
The question Florida District 13 voters in Pinellas County will have to answer is who best represents their values - Overby or Jolly? Can voters set aside their political party bias and focus on the candidates and the issues?