Jeb Bush on Gun Control
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened
In 2005, the governor signed into law another piece of NRA legislation on the topic of gun control. The bill was written by the NRA and expanded the rights of Floridians to use deadly force when threatened in public places. This proposal, known as
the "stand your ground bill," expanded the rights of people to use guns or other deadly force to defend themselves without 1st trying to escape even in places outside their homes. The law stipulated that a person "has no duty to retreat and has the right
to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force."
The bill was opposed by police chiefs in high crime areas like Miami and Broward County who claimed it would lead "drivers with road rage or drunken sports fans who get into
fights leaving ball games to assume that they had total immunity." The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence argued that it could be used to defend people who shoot in the emotional rage associated with domestic violence and other high-stress events.
Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 80
, Dec 11, 2009
Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%
Public safety has been protected, and convicted criminals will continue to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
Over the last two years, the violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25 percent, translating into 18 fewer gun assaults each day in this state in 2000 compared to 1998.
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature
, Jan 22, 2002
Use a Gun and You’re Done
During the commission of a crime:
- Pull a Gun-Mandatory 10 Years
- Pull the Trigger-Mandatory 20 Years
- Shoot Someone-25 Years to Life (whether they live or die)
New Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences for:
Source: Governor’s web site, www.MyFlorida.com, “Initiatives”
, Nov 7, 2001
- Three Time Convicted Violent Felons
- Drug Traffickers
- Aggravated Assaults/Batteries on Law Enforcement Officers or an Elderly Person
- Repeat Sexual Batterers
Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check
Supports the following principles concerning guns:
Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test
, Jul 2, 1998
- Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
- Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Florida visitors should be permitted to carry concealed weapons if they have permits from other states.
- Bush says, “I support an instant background check for all guns purchased at a gun show.”
Other candidates on Gun Control:
Jeb Bush on other issues:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)
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