Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon was fired up about gun reform after a visit from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson this morning.
Braynon, a Miami Gardens Democrat, told reporters he and other Democrats have pushed for gun restrictions for decades. Republican leaders like Gov. Rick Scott are now talking about certain limits — such as raising the age to 21 to be able to purchase long guns — in the wake of last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people, including 14 teenagers, dead.
Braynon spoke with Scott yesterday, “and I have to be honest, I don’t know that he heard me,” he told reporters Thursday morning.
“I’ll be even more honest. I’m not even sure if he knows who I am and the role I play in the Legislature,” he said. “I said my caucus did a press release that said exactly what bills we care about. He said, well can you get that to our office? Bruh, if you in the governor’s office don’t have the caucus position of the Senate minority, which 15 to 16 members and is playing a very big role in this, then I don’t know what your office is doing.”
Scott’s office did have the press release, Braynon said.
“But the thing is, he didn’t know who I was so it didn’t matter, probably,” he said.
Braynon said he “was looking for a rise” from the governor, suggesting that people don’t need the “a well-regulated militia” authorized in the Second Amendment because they have the National Guard.
Last I checked, I don’t think Georgia was invading Florida, and if they are, I feel safe, because you’re in charge of the National Guard and you really like guns and the GOP likes that, so I think we’re going to be protected,” Braynon said he told Scott.
What response did he get?
“This. He touched his chin. Hmmm,” Braynon said. “I think he just checked a box, so when he comes out with his proposal, which is already done, he can say I met with legislative leaders on both sides of the aisles and took their input. Man, I don’t think he’s listening to us.”