Johnny Simms wasn't supposed to have a gun. Neither was Hydra Lacy. Both men were felons, says the Miami Herald. Each man murdered two police officers in separate cities, Miami and St. Petersburg. The explosion of gun violence hasn't gone unnoticed in the state Capitol, where members of the pro-gun Florida legislature say the tragedies underscore the need to loosen the regulation of guns — rather than restrict them.
“What these cases show is that gun regulation doesn't keep guns away from criminals,” Sen. Greg Evers said. “It's time we get more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens so they can protect themselves. You don't bring a knife to a gun fight.” Evers is sponsoring two controversial gun bills this legislative session. One would restrict physicians from asking patients about the presence of firearms in the home. The other would allow holders of concealed weapon permits to wear their guns in the open — including on college campuses. About 780,000 Floridians have such permits. A third bill would ensure that local governments in Florida can't pass gun-control laws. All three are being pushed by the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbies in the state capital.