Tourism Dollars: The number one reason Florida Republicans REFUSE to recognize our Constitutional Right to peacefully carry our holstered sidearms in public openly.
Don't tell me that Governor Rick Scott isn't in on it. If he truly wanted open carry legalized, he would have told the Legislature to get it done, and it would have happened by now. But he has tourist dollars dancing in his eyes.
If we licensed-to-carry citizens don't hide our pistols underneath a shirt or coat, or in a fanny-pack or purse, we get arrested, fined, and jailed - and a permanent criminal record, while the criminals who hide theirs until they are ready to use them get no penalties at all, unless they get caught.
When you have about 32 or so states that allow open carry of pistols WITHOUT a license required, the UNFAIRNESS tends to stick in one's craw.
When all but about five states allow open carry of pistols whether with or without a license, one wonders what is wrong with Florida.
It's that tourism thing, I'm pretty sure. Democrats and RINOs both have said so openly.
Where are those tourists coming from to Florida? From those 45 other states where open carry is legal. And don't get me started with foreign tourists. I've carried around thousands of them in Georgia at crowded parks with no issues. No one ran and screamed, and no one posted on the Internet that they will never return to Georgia because they saw a holstered pistol on someone's hip who wasn't wearing a shiny badge.
So here's the plan: Stick a big fat thumb in the eye of lip-service politicians who pretend to support our Second Amendment Rights, but who refuse to actually do it.
While legally concealing your pistol, wear t-shirts with the free graphic images below that I created (I did not create the pistol portion of the graphic - it was free also, but I did improve it a little).
Embarrass the politicians! Wear these on publicly owned property such as at city and county parks and beaches where you cannot be ejected or trespassed merely for being armed, due to Florida's state preemption law on firearms - especially during large public events.
You will need to convert these graphics to PNG format and add transparency, but that is easy with free graphics programs such as Gimp and Inkscape.
You can then print them out on iron-on paper and put them on your own t-shirts, or you can upload the files to Zazzle and order your t-shirts from them.
Share the link to this blog post all over Facebook, Internet forums, Blogs, and email these images to all your family and friends that would like to see open carry legalized in Florida!
Also, email these images to TV News and Internet News Sites to let them know that we will use these as a means of peaceful protest whenever we can.
Hopefully, these images will give you some ideas to make your own!