The Jeb Bush "I'm A Conservative, Really!" tour brings him to Nashville today where he will court all the gun toting extremists during the NRA's annual convention there.
Naturally, the man who brought us Stand Your Ground will be bragging up what a great thing that law has been for Florida. You can see that among an entire laundry list of pro-gun talking points expected in his speech here.
Among his comments will be this:
"In his speech to the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum (Bush) will discuss the importance of second amendment rights and, more broadly, individual freedom and the freedom to defend liberty when it’s threatened by government intrusion/regulation," his staff said in an advance of the forum."
"He’ll address the current challenge our country faces under the Obama Administration, where the government is getting too big and too intrusive. Governor Bush will highlight many of the laws he passed as governor that served as a model for many other states’ gun laws."
This is pretty standard stuff we've heard from just about every Republican when they kiss the ring of Big Gun. But Bush's signature SYG law hasn't been used to guard against the phantom government intrusion he warns about, and he knows this. SYG in Florida has been used to guard against black teenagers in hoodies armed with Skittles, and black teenagers playing loud music, though it didn't work so well for the black woman who fired a warning shot when she feared for her life in a domestic dispute with her husband. We all know who went to jail in that case.
The families of the victims and the living victims of that law probably wouldn't agree that SYG is the golden ticket to liberty, but Bush doesn't much care for people who disagree with him.
Case in point, Michael Schiavo, the husband of the late Terri Schiavo, whose case Jeb placed himself in the middle of back in the 1990's, when Mr. Schiavo tried to honor his wife's wishes that she not remain on life support for the rest of her life while in a vegetative state.
Mr. Schiavo would no doubt disagree that Jeb Bush is the champion of "defending liberty when it's threatened by government intrusion" he's claiming to be before the powers that be in the NRA today.
Bush's hypocrisy on government intrusion comes through loud and clear in this recent piece that revisited the case with Mr. Schiavo:
Bush’s last-ditch effort involved the Department of Children and Families. Attorneys for the state agency made motions to intervene based on thousands of anonymous allegations of abuse against Terri Schiavo. Bush ordered the mobilization of officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement—in essence his own police force—and they readied to seize Terri Schiavo if a court order allowed it. “I requested that FDLE in concert with the Department of Children and Families be prepared to enter,” Bush told reporters, “if that was going to be the option available to us”—which it wasn’t, because judges said no. “We were ready to go,” a Bush spokesman told the Miami Herald....
...Today, looking back, what makes Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, angriest about the case is Bush’s letter to McCabe. Even after 18 months of legal wrangling, even after her death, even after the autopsy—after all that—the governor asked a prosecutor to initiate a retroactive criminal investigation of his client. It struck Felos as “odd,” “bizarre”—“personal.”
That, Michael Schiavo said this month, is what makes Jeb Bush “vindictive.” “Knowing that he had no standing in this, he made it worse for everybody,” he said. “He made life, for a lot of people—the nursing home people, the local police, lawyers—he made everybody miserable.”
What makes him “untrustworthy,” he said, is that he fought the courts as long as he did just because he didn’t like the decisions they kept making."
If this isn't government intrusion, I don't know what Jeb Bush's definition of government intrusion is.
It seems he doesn't like government intrusion unless he's the one intruding, and if it's politically motivated, all the better for Jeb, no matter who gets hurt in the process.