But he has the COURAGE to do it anyway.
If you’re a Democrat talking common sense gun legislation heading into the 2018 mid-terms in Florida, the NRA is gunning for you. The NRA and their enthusiastic fan base are bringing out the heavy artillery in campaign dollars, fear messaging, social media trolling, and outright threats. As King says, (and he’s absolutely right about this), “Florida is the petri dish for the NRA.” They try new ideas and legislation here, and if it works, they push it out to the rest of the country.
It would be bad enough if it was just the big, bad NRA he’s up against. But here in Florida, it’s not. There’s corruption, big money, and power politics everywhere.
So, how about picking some lesser policy fights like… Big Sugar and its impact on the environment? How about affordable housing? How about Medicaid expansion? How about free community college and trade schools? How about ending mass incarceration for non-violent criminals? How about ending the death penalty? How about legalizing marijuana? How about a tax on bullets?
Holy moly! King only spoke for a short time to this packed house, friendly audience, yet I was stunned to hear him taking such a bold stance on these highly controversial issues.
My first thought was, Thank God. Somebody willing to stand up for what’s right. My second thought was, Can this guy win?
This is a dangerous time to be a politician on both sides of the aisle. But in Florida? It’s particularly ominous. What we need now are virtuous, bold, charismatic leaders willing to speak truth to power– to summon up the courage to stand on the right side of history. I’m just getting introduced to Chris King, but from what I’ve seen so far, he’s checking all the boxes.
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