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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Florida says guns aren't the problem, diversity, equity and inclusion are (draft)

Florida's political leaders would have people belive guns are not the problem in Florida, but diversity, equity, and inclusion are.

Florida is just upside down, and there is no other way to see it. It’s become a fascist paradise where guns, the leading cause of childhood deaths, are celebrated, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, things we should all strive for, are demonized.

Monday, the Florida legislature announced plans for permitless carry, further establishing they only care about the second half of the second amendment, and this will undoubtedly cost people their lives.

From American progress:

  •  A 2022 study found that right-to-carry laws increase firearm homicides by 13 percent and firearm violent crimes by 29 percent.7
  • A 2019 study concluded that the adoption of right-to-carry laws were associated with a 13 percent to 15 percent increase in violent crime rates a decade after implementation.8
  • A 2017 study found that laws were associated with a 10.6 percent higher handgun homicide rate.9
  • A 2022 study found that states weakening concealed carry laws and allowing individuals convicted of violent misdemeanors to obtain a license to concealed carry was associated with a 24 percent increase in the rate of assaults with firearms.10 “In general, violent crime increased after states loosened concealed carry permitting requirements,” said lead author Mitchel Doucette. “Allowing more individuals to carry concealed guns in public—including some who would have previously been denied carry permits due to prior arrests or restraining orders—can increase inappropriate use of firearms in response to interpersonal conflicts, disputes, or other situations.”11


All of that is dreadful, but let's look at the last one. Nikki Fried tweeted that in her last two years, 11 thousand gun licenses were rejected; well, they won’t be rejected anymore.


Then think about this, there were 3,041 gun deaths in Florida for the most recent year data was available. In Florida, that projects to an additional 304 deaths. 304 families shattered by gun violence. The Florida legislature has just entered us all into a death-by-gun lottery where the odds are better than winning the actual lottery.


Okay, that would normally be enough but not for Florida where DeSantis has a rigid gin up his fact-free base and own the libs schedule because on Tuesday he went after higher ed and the “gasp” menaces of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Diversity: the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.

Equity: the quality of being fair and impartial.

Inclusion: the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or intellectual disabilities and members of other minority groups.

Gulp, how dare institutions of higher learning oh wait, checks notes, all of the above are signs of a healthy society?  Then what the heck is DeSantis doing? Gin up his fact-free base for personal gain? okay, cool, cool. cool.

Remember when DeSantis was asked to define Woke, and what he said sounded awesome?

“the belief there are systemic injustices in American society and the need to address them.”

And he wants that to die?

From News4Jax:

 Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday took aim at diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs at Florida’s public universities, saying they are a drain on resources and impose an agenda on people.

Speaking at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, DeSantis started by saying he wants to make sure that everybody that goes through a Florida university has to take “certain core course requirements, that’s really focused on giving them the foundation so that they can think for themselves and the core curriculum must be grounded in actual history, the actual philosophy that has shaped Western civilization,” though he wasn’t specific.

“We are also going to eliminate all DEI and [critical race theory] bureaucracies in the state of Florida, no funding and that will wither on the vine,” DeSantis went on to say. “And I think that that’s very important because it really serves as an ideological filter, a political filter.”

First, from what I understand, DEI initiatives and programs make up less than 1 percent of higher education budgets, and did you ever notice there is never an example? Never any evidence? These are just sweeping statements put together like fascist mad libs.

For somebody who complains about an ideological agenda, Emperor DeSantis, wait, he’s not emperor yet? DeSantis sure pushes a huge ideological agenda.

On a side note, at my school, we went through an hour-long equity training at our last early release day, with a promise of part two later in the year. Ssshh don't tell Desantis, or he will cancel pizza day or some other bat sh8t crazy thing.

This is the long and short of it, if republicans had policies people liked, and I get voters in Florida love them, but by and large, they don’t; people would like them, but they don't, and that drives them crazy, and all these culture wars aren’t going to help him. Sure, the crazy people will embrace it but non-crazy people, most people aren’t going to all of a sudden say, fascism sounds all right, Gilead, here I come.

Florida is the upside down of the United States; imagine thinking guns are good but fair and inclusive isn’t.  

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