Note: Link to a must-see video at the end of this message.
ACTION REPORT! Self-defense Bill in House Criminal Justice Comm.
DATE: February 24, 2017
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President
The critically important self-defense bill, HB-245, was heard by the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and PASSED 9-4.
Once again State Attorney Phil Archer, left his job in Brevard/Seminole County to travel to Tallahassee to testify against your self-defense rights and the constitutional rights of the citizens he was elected to serve in the 11th Judicial Circuit.
Archer made it clear that the convenience of prosecutors and the desires of the State Attorney’s office was far more important than protecting the constitutional rights of innocent citizens. And that convictions — not justice — are the priority of prosecutors.
When the state charges a person with a crime, the state has the burden of proof — from arrest all the way to the jury room.
We want to thank the House Committee members who voted for the bill.
I am going to have to link the videos more often so we get to see how to address the discussion of a bill in a professional and passionate manner.
First the link to the Florida Channel’s 2/22/17 House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting. (Sorry, no embed)
- (24:00) Intro by Rep. Bobby Paine explaining the bill.
- (33:30) Erick Friday with Florida Carry, holy smokes, that guys knows his.. stuff. And you can tell the amount of BS told in the media about this bill by the way he clarifies points. Amazing job!
- (1:02:40) League of Women voters. Reading a prepared statement simply does not work. She got trounced by the only question asked.
- (1:13:40) Moms Demand also went with a read statement. Body language is imperative as you may notice.
- (1:18:00) Marion Hammer. This is what a force of nature looks like. Not cowed but respectful and kept visual contact with the committee at almost all times. Knew her stuff and made it simple even for the Representatives.
I know politics at the level of Legislature is boring, but watching Mr, Friday and Ms. Hammer is just a free class on pushing your message out there. Even if you are not Floridian but are involved in Gun Rights, you should watch it just for the teaching tips.