The American way and personal responsibility

The American way and personal responsibility

All of us here in South Brevard have watched in amazement as pillaging, violence and looting has destroyed many liberal cities in the United States.  We have heard repeated calls for “defunding the police” and have furrowing our collective brows thinking, “Unbelievable!  Are they crazy!”

Then, just this week, we have heard the Minneapolis police have called for their citizens to “obey the criminals”.

Enough is enough.  Time for some real leadership here in South Brevard, a place where we understand truth, justice, the American way and personal responsibility.

When I say that it is time for some real leadership, I am not just speaking of the elected leaders.  You know how I stand:  I am a firm second amendment advocate who objects to the loss of gun rights which have fallen at the hands of liberal legislators (including, of course, the liberal incumbent who voted for Parkland and red flag laws) and who will work tirelessly to have our rights restored.

You know strong our law enforcement officers are. Sheriff Wayne Ivey is an awesome sheriff and he will never stand idly by and bow to criminals, nor will any of our other local police chiefs.

When I speak of the fact that it is time for leadership, I am speaking to YOU.  Now is the time when we ALL refuse to stand idly by and allow lawlessness and disorder because in South Brevard WE ALL take personal responsibility for our safety.

Here in South Brevard, we are a strong, vibrant, safe community that will never see lawlessness because we:

(1) Back the Blue,

(2) We train in the use of firearms and believe we are all personally responsible for our self-protection, and we

(3) Understand and seek to preserve the inalienable right of individual self-protection.

Towards those ends, I would very much encourage all of you to do the following:

  • Find and like the Brevard Facebook group “We Back our Blue!” and like it.
  • Mark your calendars and attend the upcoming “We Back our Blue!” event on Sunday, August 16 at the Liberty Bell Museum at 1 pm.
  • Commit to training and improving your marksmanship at least once per month.  (If you have not yet begun your own training, contact me and we can help point you in the right direction.  We have many wonderful local gun shops and trainers to meet every training need.)
  • Study our American history and the original spoken and written words of our Founders discussing what they frequently called the “first law of nature”, the right of self-protection, an inalienable right guaranteed to every citizen individually by our Constitution.  (If you do not yet have a library full of what the Founders said, again, see me!  I have purchased a case of one of my favorite books on the subject and will be glad to get you a copy.)

Brevard is a very special place.  I am thankful for what we have, who we are and how we will all work together to ensure our personal safety now and for all of our future generations.

Florida Gun Rights Rates Marcie Adkins 100% Pro Gun

Florida Gun Rights Rates Marcie Adkins 100% Pro Gun

Florida Gun Rights

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

As ardent supporters of the Second Amendment, you and I know these words are absolutely critical to a free society.

With the primary election season heating up here in Florida, virtually all politicians are claiming they support the Second Amendment.

Yet once safely elected into office, many of the politicians in BOTH parties vote to restrict your freedoms in a “common sense” way.

We saw this in 2018, when 67 NRA “A-Rated” Republicans voted for the largest gun control expansion in state history, and again this year when Senate President Bill Galvano and his colleague Tom Lee pushed for Universal Gun Registration.1

Unless you and I get politicians on record before they get in office and hold them accountable for their votes once they are elected, we will continue to see Republican-sponsored gun control in Tallahassee.

That’s why I sent the Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey to candidates running for the State Legislature — to get them on the record in support of restoring and defending our gun rights.

Unfortunately, Republican incumbent State Representative Randy Fine in House District 53 refuses to return his Candidate Survey and go on record in support of your gun rights.

This is no surprise since Randy Fine has a history of voting for gun control!2

In 2018, Randy Fine voted to strip military-aged adults of their right to purchase a firearm.

If they are old enough to go fight for our country in the military, they are old enough to purchase a firearm.

Unfortunately, Randy Fine disagrees and sided with Bloomberg-funded gun control lobbyists to strip these American citizens of their rights.

Randy Fine also voted in favor of “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation orders!

Gun confiscation orders are the latest “common sense” solution being pushed by the Gun Control Lobby, and Republicans like Randy Fine are joining them.

“Red Flag” laws allow government agents to confiscate legally-owned firearms from otherwise law-abiding citizens and deny them the right to keep and bear arms, with very little evidence and no crime ever having been committed.

These laws force gun owners to go before a court after the fact to prove they aren’t guilty, effectively turning the American legal system on its head.

Since the time Fine voted for this outrageous gun control, nearly 4,000 petitions have been filed to confiscate guns without due process — with some petitions for gun confiscation being filed against children as young as 8 years old.

But there is also good news for House District 53.

Republican candidate Marcie Adkins returned her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun!

By returning her survey, Marcie Adkins pledged to support a full repeal of Florida’s due process-shredding “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation laws.

Adkins also pledged to support the repeal of the draconian law forbidding military-aged adults from purchasing long guns.

Finally, Marcie Adkins pledged her support for solid pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.

Constitutional Carry simply means that anyone who can legally possess a firearm can carry it openly or concealed without a government permission slip.

Currently, exercising your Second Amendment rights without a Concealed Weapon License (CWL) in Florida is punishable with a felony charge carrying with it up to five years in prison for what is essentially a victimless crime.

To put this in perspective, it is only a misdemeanor to carry without a permit in the gun control haven of California.

But here in Florida, exercising your constitutional right to carry without first going through the bureaucratic rigmarole to obtain a CWL is punished MORE severely than physically assaulting a police officer.

On top of that, the open carry of firearms in Florida is also illegal, putting the “Gunshine State” in league with anti-gun liberal states like California, Illinois, and New York.

There are already 15 states that have Constitutional Carry laws on the books and many of these states are consistently ranked as the safest in the nation — it’s time for Florida to join them.

That’s why Florida Gun Rights is calling on pro-gun Floridians to lobby their candidates now before they get into office.

We must make it clear that we expect our elected officials to not only oppose new gun control measures, but also to go to Tallahassee to be a leader in the fight to repeal the draconian measures already on the books.

Ultimately, when politicians refuse to take a stand in support of the Second Amendment, you can be almost certain that the rest of your constitutional rights aren’t high on their list of priorities either.

That’s why Florida Gun Rights is dedicated to keeping Floridians informed about the true positions of our elected officials and candidates.

With supporters all across the state, we are giving gun owners a loud voice in defense of our rights.

And trust me, the politicians can hear you.

There is no better time to lobby them than when they are seeking your support at election time.

So please contact Randy Fine at (321) 409-2017 and insist he reverse course and start standing for the Second Amendment by returning his Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey!

Then contact Marcie Adkins at (321) 701-4501 and thank her for returning her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey and urge her to continue standing firm for your right to keep and bear arms.

With our rights at stake, now is the time to take action!

For Freedom,

D.J. Parten
Executive Director
Florida Gun Rights

P.S. The August 18th primary election is just around the corner, and now is the best time to lobby your candidates.

Unfortunately, incumbent State Rep. Randy Fine has a record of voting for gun control and refuses to return his Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey.

Please contact Randy Fine at (321) 409-2017 and insist he reverse his anti-gun stances and start supporting the Second Amendment!

But there is also good news for House District 53. Republican candidate Marcie Adkins returned her Florida Gun Rights Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun.

Please contact Marcie Adkins at (321) 701-4501 and urge her to continue standing firm for your right to keep and bear arms.

1 = Senate Bill 7028, 2020.
2 = Senate Bill 7026, 2018.


The second Amendment of our Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It is essential to realize that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” means we ALL have the right to own guns. 

The fact that this inherent, essential, fundamental, primal, ancient, natural right to bear arms has been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution means that NO legislative body has the right to prohibit firearm possession.  Americans may all arm themselves for traditional lawful purposes. Furthermore, ALL prohibitive or restrictive regulations or laws created by any state or local governments are unconstitutional.

Anyone who debates this issue wrongly emphasizes the words “a well-regulated Militia”.  Clearly, to emphasize this clause wrongly interprets the Second Amendment and interprets that the focus of the Second Amendment was to protect our militias.[1]  Those holding this incorrect view also typically add the collaterally wrong interpretation that it does NOT mean that citizens have inherent individual rights to possess guns.   While I can understand this confusion, it is important to realize that this is simply confusion and wrong thinking which our U.S. Supreme Court has corrected in its June 26, 2008 decision District of Columbia v. Heller.  

In Heller, our Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment protects our individual, natural, ancient rights to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense or hunting.  The Court also clarified that the prefatory clause about the “militia” was inserted as Antifederalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm people in order to disable our two militias, thus we wanted to protect our right to bear arms so as to protect our two militias.  The U.S. Supreme Court also pointed to the history and tradition of the Second Amendment at the time of the Constitutional Convention, i.e., there were many individual arms-bearing rights in State constitutions both before and after the U.S. Constitution was drafted.

Given these facts and our inherent, natural, Constitutionally-guaranteed rights to bear arms, what must be done in Florida to correct our previous unlawful, un-Constitutional decision making?

Recognize that the Parkland bill created 2 wrongs which legislators must correct:  

(1) it unlawfully restricted the rights of those 18-21 years of age from bearing arms and it 

(2) created un-necessary, illegal restrictions on gun ownership when it redefined one of the background check statuses that unjustifiably restricted some potential gun owners for an indefinite period of time. 

Legislators must determine how to correct these 2 Parkland wrongs and return Floridian’s Constitutional rights to bear arms to us.

Another issue that I would very much like the legislature to address is the Department of Agriculture’s CWL permit process.  I have personally experienced the fact that the DOA’s system is awkward, time-consuming, cumbersome, inefficient and wastes staff time when I applied for my own CWL permit.  Legislative oversight is a huge role for a Representative.  I will insist that the CWL permit process is either vastly improved or removed from the DOA.

How do I differ from the incumbent on these issues?  The incumbent: 

(1) wrongly voted FOR Parkland.  

(2) later, the incumbent stated that he made a mistake and that he would reverse Parkland but has not made any efforts toward doing so.

(3) his position on Department of Agriculture control of CWL permits is not clear to me as I have not heard his comments or observed his actions on this topic.

[1] It is important to note that the Florida Statutes in 250.02(1)-(4) define two militias.  

(1) Florida’s unorganized militia “consists of all able-bodied citizens of this state and all other able-bodied persons who have declared their intention to become citizens, who are subject to military duty but who are not members of units of the organized militia”.

(2) Florida’s organized militia is “composed of the National Guard and any other organized military forces that are authorized by law”.