The anti-Second Amendment, Democratic politicians who demanded the Legislature vote on calling a special session to repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law either unwittingly or intentionally provided a great service to Republican incumbent legislators.
Republican incumbents who previously had NRA ratings of A or A+ and voted in favor of Senate Bill 7026, the so-called "school safety" bill that contained gun control provisions, had their ratings dropped to a "C."
The vote on the special session was essentially a vote on the repeal of the Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law.
Therefore, Republican incumbents who voted against calling a special session are eligible for a grade increase up to a "B-."
As voters are heading to the polls in the primary, they can be confident in the knowledge that they know exactly where their elected officials stand on the important constitutional right of self-defense. Primary grades were changed immediately.
When the grades have been posted for the General Election, incumbents will have been re-graded to reflect the vote on the call for a special session.
Democrats gave an incredible gift to Republicans by providing the opportunity for a self-defense vote right before the election.
Marion Hammer, executive director of United Sportsmen of Florida (USF), is past president of the National Rifle Association and a longtime lobbyist for the Second Amendment organization in Florida. She wrote and distributed this letter during the weekend to USF and NRA members and friends.