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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:46 PM
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With Florida Capitol no longer asking gun owners to secure firearms, Senate installs panic buttons
Source: St. Petersburg Times

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But two months after a new law made it easier to bring concealed guns into the Capitol, the Senate security force has installed special alert buttons on the phone of every senator and staffer.

At the touch of a button, an unseen officer in the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office can instantly monitor a conversation in Senate offices and respond if needed.

"Instead of reversing what we did, we're resorting to panic buttons," said Senate Democratic leader Nan Rich of Weston, who opposed the new gun law. "It's unnerving. My staff is very nervous."

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The Capitol building is naturally a place where emotions run high as the state's most controversial political issues are debated, often with large crowds in attendance. Every year brings a handful of incidents where an irate citizen or two is escorted from a committee room, an office or the public gallery in the House or Senate.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/with-fl...



Wondering when some hint of intelligence will emerge again in Tallahassee, if ever.


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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:48 PM
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1. Wondering if this monitoring system can be activated when the button isn't pressed. nt
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:54 PM
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8. A very good question
On the one hand, we can hope its not set up that way. On the other, there is no good reason to believe that it couldn't be misused by a person or organization with the will to do so. Fortunately we know that it would never happen, as its a republican controlled state, and we all know no R would ever misuse such an opportunity.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:49 PM
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2. And when something bad happens, as it inevitably will, who will they blame?
"No one thought a politically deranged right-wing nut with a gun would shoot one of our Democratic members!"
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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:57 PM
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4. They will blame the lack of guns.
If more people had guns, the could have gotten the bad guy.

just a guess
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HowHeThinks Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:52 AM
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12. We have a winner!
That's EXACTLY what they'd say. That's their standard answer for every gun related atrocity. MORE GUNS! :hide:
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:57 PM
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3. They are regressing, for sure. nt
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Hoyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:04 PM
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5. So they passed right wing gun legislation, but now think "panic buttons" are needed. Jeeeeez
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azureblue Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:05 PM
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6. Got It
It's OK to carry guns anywhere, just not around the people who passed the law saying it is OK. Everyday Floridians don't have a panic button,so why should the legislators?
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:51 PM
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7. I'm wondering why the Florida Lege feels it must fear one of the most law-abiding of demographics.
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 11:51 PM by PavePusher
Makes one wonder what they are doing, that they so fear the lawful....
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geomon666 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 01:10 AM
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9. I hate this state.
I hate it!
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:00 AM
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10. We who are about to die salute you
GOP Gun Gladiators

idiots

yup
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Magoo48 Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 05:56 AM
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13. Second that....
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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:56 AM
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11. Why don't they give all the Senators guns and holsters
like Bonanza?
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hack89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:14 AM
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14. Good move - placate the pearl clutchers
without intruding on the rights of their employers.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:13 AM
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15. Allowing concealed weapons into the Capitol makes it safer so they installed panic buttons
Allowing concealed weapons into the Capitol makes it safer so they installed panic buttons in response to the increase in safety?

That's a very pretty dance. Same old tune, but a very pretty dance...
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