The Governor Who Set an NRA Record for Pro-Gun Legislation in His First Term is Shocked by FEMA’s Denial of His Emergency Request for Dealing With a Mass Shooting

Scott to FEMA: “But, but, but…”

It had to be hard for Gov. Rick Scott (GOP-TEA) to ask Pres. Obama to declare a disaster in Orlando worthy of federal funding. After all, Scott’s request for all American taxpayers to cover the bill for the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub flies in the face of everything that tea partyers hold dear. As they say, they are Taxed Enough Already.

But he did.

“I urge you to declare an emergency under the Stafford Act so that ‘the full resources of the federal government’ can be made available for the individuals, families and communities impacted by this ‘horrific massacre,’” Scott wrote.

Scott has gotten his response. We can save you some time and tell you the answer was, “No.” But reading the full letter from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is just too much fun, so here it is.


As Fugate points out, there are more appropriate categories of assistance available to help Scott shift the burden of unfettered access to guns from Florida residents to all American taxpayers.

But Scott’s conviction that THIS IS AN EMERGENCY deserves some attention.

After all, it was Scott who set a record during his first term in office for signing gun-friendly legislation. The NRA hosts a newspaper article on its website to this day that marvels at Scott’s dedication to arming Floridians.

Scott signed almost more pro-gun bills in his first term than Jeb Bush did in both of his, and that’s saying something because Jeb was the one who signed the Stand Your Ground law.

But Scott is responsible for the since challenged “Docs Vs. Glocks” bill, which imposed fines and prison terms on pediatricians who asked parents if there were guns in the home. He also reduced fees for concealed carry permits, and expanded the types of offices that could issue them.

…the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have been signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent single gubernatorial term. The organization sent a message to members applauding Scott for setting the record…”The bills that Gov. Scott has signed will make and have made an enormous difference,” said Marion Hammer, the powerful lobbyist for the NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

Before you go thinking that one enormous difference was the ability of a man who had been investigated by the FBI to obtain an assault rifle and mow down scores of people, killing 49…well, Scott begs to differ.

…the Second Amendment didn’t kill anybody. This is ISIS. This is evil. This is radical Islam. I’m tired what’s going on in our country; we’re not focused enough on ISIS…When are we gonna say to ourselves as a country, ‘enough’s enough.’ Let’s focus on destroying ISIS when we find information about somebody coming into our country, if we’re not comfortable with you coming into our country, that’s just our country. Why are you coming here?

You see, it’s not about access to guns by the wrong people, it’s about ISIS. And it’s these people (which people?) coming into our country. Never mind the fact that the Orlando shooter was born and bred in Donald Trump’s own New York City. Which is already in our country.

While the feds did allow catastrophe assistance after the Boston Marathon bombing, they seem to feel that mass shootings are a different subject.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said emergency declarations were not requested by governors in affected states after mass shootings occurred in San Bernardino, Calif., Blacksburg, Va., and Newton [sic], Conn. A search of FEMA records did not reveal any evidence that an emergency declaration has ever been granted after such an event.

Maybe FEMA doesn’t want to set a precedent by funding the governor’s request. After all, thanks to the types of legislation that Rick Scott and other pro-NRA politicians so enthusiastically support, mass shootings are going to keep right on happening.


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