November 2014 elections can’t come soon enough. More and more of our tax dollars get spent on GOP efforts to hack away at women’s rights, specifically women’s reproductive rights, and now, specifically, black women’s reproductive rights. My blood runs hot with this one.
This is the story of a white, male, Florida lawmaker who thinks he knows more about what’s best for black women and their reproductive choices than they do. He’s ‘concerned,’ bless his little heart.House Bill 845, sponsored by Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights), would make it a third-degree felony in Florida to perform an abortion based on the race or gender of the fetus. What? When did that become a problem? The unstated insult here is that a white male baby would never be aborted because of its race or gender so we have to keep an eye on women, particularly black women. You know, just in case.
ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): What’s the problem with registering a gun? If you have a bushmaster, first of all, why would you have one?
PRATT: President Reagan owned an AR-15.
MITCHELL: And he supported gun control. He advocated…
PRATT: In his later years. We have to keep that in account.
MITCHELL: In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.
PRATT: But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.
“Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests” | ThinkProgress.com
Uh-huh. Well, he must have been senile for quite awhile then…
- In 1994, Reagan supported the Assault Weapons Ban, saying, “As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the right to bear arms… I am convinced that the limitations imposed in this bill are absolutely necessary.” He also personally lobbied Republicans to vote in favor of the bill.
- This 1991 editorial regarding the Brady Bill lays out how and why his position evolved.
- In 1986, Reagan signed the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which banned ownership of any fully automatic rifles that were not already registered on the day the law was signed.
- In 1967, Reagan signed the Mulford Act to prohibit the public carrying of firearms — an act supported by the NRA because of the Black Panthers advocating the open carrying of firearms.