Another Politician Who Has Never Heard Of The First Amendment.

Florida state senator Jason Pizzo (Democrat, District 38) has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a minor in the state of Florida who “posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public.”

(1) A minor who posts or publishes a picture of a firearm, a BB gun, an air or a gas-operated gun, or a device displayed to resemble a firearm to a social media page, post, profile, or account that is openly viewable to the public commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable [by up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $1000].

(2)(a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, if the minor possesses a firearm in violation of this section, may, if the court finds it appropriate, be required to participate in classes on parent education which are approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, upon the first conviction of the minor. Upon any subsequent conviction of the minor, the court may, if the court finds it appropriate, require the parent to attend further parent education classes or render community service hours together with the child.

(3) Any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of ….

Think about this for a moment.

If the minor gets a Daisy Red Rider BB gun for Christmas or a birthday and s/he posts that on a social media page, the police will arrest the kid, fine and or imprison the kid, and if a court feels it is appropriate, send the parents off to a Gulag re-education class.

And the BB gun?

The police keep that and destroy it without any due process at all.

Yeah, that’s the America we all want to live in.

However, it gets worse.

If the kid publishes that he went to a 2nd Amendment rally and took a picture of someone who was legally in possession of a gun and then the kid posted that image, the child can be arrested, fined, imprisoned, parents “re-educated,” etc.

A picture of the kid legally shooting at a shooting range means the kid could be arrested, fined, imprisoned, parents “re-educated,” etc.

An image of a kid legally hunting means the kid could be arrested, fined, imprisoned, parents “re-educated,” etc.

On Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day or the Fourth of July, if the kid posts an image of someone carrying a guy – like a relative or of a minuteman – the kid could be arrested, fined, imprisoned, parents “re-educated,” etc.

Post a picture of a brother or sister graduating from boot camp or the police academy with them wearing or carrying a weapon, see ya kid. See ya parents.

This would be illegal for the child to post on social media.

What is wrong with people like State Senator Pizzo?

Doesn’t he remember the Florida and Federal Constitution which allows freedom of speech?

Did he get elected, hold up his hand, swear (or affirm) “to support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida” and then put his hand down, laugh manically and yell “SUCKERS!”

When we looked at his biography on his Senate page, we found that he is a lawyer. You know, one of those guys who swears to defend the Constitution and takes classes on what the Constitution means.

Even worse, Pizzo was a Former Assistant State Attorney for the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office.

If it sounds like we are a little bit angry about this it is because we are. Some elected official wants to deprive people of their rights. In order to prevent this from happening, hearings will be held, costing taxpayers money. If, heaven forbid, this bill actually becomes a law, someone is going to have to fight it and get it overturned at their cost.

In the meantime, Pizzo will be sipping champagne at fund raising parties telling people how great he is instead of being thrown in jail for trying to deprive people of their rights.

(h/t Volokh Conspiracy)

2 Responses to “Another Politician Who Has Never Heard Of The First Amendment.”

  1. hometown says:

    Unbelievable, I actually went to look this up because I was sure you must be joking or perhaps another satire. Sadly, it doesn’t look like it is.

    It has been said that “gun control” is not about guns, it is about “control”. Fortunately, that pesky Constitution and the Bill of Rights help to keep the socialist left in check as it was very well thought out and crafted to limit the powers of our elected officials by granting citizens certain basic rights that the government cannot take from the people. The first two amendments are “freedom of speech” and “the right to bear arms” (ie first and second amendment).

    Seems like this elected official has decided to try to pass legislation that ignores our first two constitutional amendments. Maybe he missed school the day they taught how the US government works, who knows what he’s thinking but it seems to be just another attempt to chip away at our constitutional rights.

    The idea of punishing a minor (or anyone for that matter) for posting a legal image of a legal individual performing a legal activity really shows the disdain that some on the left hold towards our Country and Constitution.

    If any of these folks actually cared about the safety and welfare of kids/young adults they would be out there lobbying to educate these kids in the legal, safe and proper use of firearms in the same way that kids are educated on subjects like drivers ed, drugs, alcohol, sex, and other issues that can cause harm if abused.

    The problem isn’t guns, its the people who misuse/abuse them. Maybe if young adults had a better education on these topics and were taught personal responsibility in their life decisions they would be able to make better choices and grow up into more responsible adults (and politicians).

    • AAfterwit says:


      Thanks for the comment.

      We are probably going to stay away from satire for the foreseeable future. What we thought was clearly written as satire caused many people to say we are a fake news outlet, liars, hoaxers, etc. The next time we do satire, we will try to make sure that there are disclaimers before, after and in the satirical part of the post.

      Wasn’t it Abe Lincoln who said something like “Don’t trust everything you read on the internet?” yet people do just that?

      As for the point of this post, we were stunned as well. That this “representative” of the people is so willing to blatantly seek to violate the rights of citizens is hard to comprehend. The fact that there is going to be a cost to (hopefully) beating this bill back to some extent makes it even worse. It’s almost as if we have to pay for his criminal actions.

      The people that elected him should be ashamed.

      A. Afterwit.