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Howard Troxler: Often seemed like the 'Legislature was writing law based on stereotype and caricature'

Times columnist Howard Troxler with a postscript of the 2011 session:

There was a revealing episode early in this year's session of the Legislature. It concerned a bill to allow guns on Florida's college campuses.

Never mind that a student at Florida State University had died in a shooting as recently as January, or that her father testified powerfully against the idea, or that university police chiefs opposed it.

The guns-on-campus bill might well have passed anyway, except for an interesting coincidence:

An influential senator, John Thrasher, R-Jacksonville, happened to know the dead girl's family.

"It's beyond personal for me," Thrasher said. "Any other time I might support something like this, but I just can't."

Read the entire column here.

[Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 5:58pm]


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