Oath-Breaking Political Turncoat Flores Betrays Gun-Owning Florida Supporters

New BFFs — meaning she has declared herself to be your enemy.

“In a stunning setback for gun rights supporters, Sen. Anitere Flores, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Tallahassee, declared on the very first day of Florida’s two-month legislative session that she likely would not support any of Steube’s 10 other gun bills, leaving them with little chance of moving forward,” the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. “I do not support having guns on campus, I do not support having guns in airports, I do not support having guns in school zones.”

In other words, she does not support the right of the people to keep and bear arms. She prefers so-called “gun free zones,” with prohibitions backed up by the force of law. And that’s curious, to say the least, seeing as how in the last election campaign, Flores’ opponent used her supposed “pro-gun” stance and National Rifle Association grade against her (the NRA Political Victory Fund website, accessible to members only, notes she was given an “A” rating).

It’s little wonder the state grassroots group Florida Carry, with members that supported her campaign based on her promises of fidelity to gun owner rights, has called Flores a “turncoat,” and noted she has been “hailed by Everytown’s ‘Moms Demand Action’ as their new anti-gun Champion in FL.”

“In the above video, Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) publicly questioned the true intent of the Committee Chairman and bill sponsor Greg Steube about SB-616 (Courthouse Firearms Storage bill),” Florida Carry advised. “She then went on to unleash an anti-gun diatribe declaring her intent to kill all other pro-gun bills in the Senate and to exact revenge on Sen. Steube should he allow SB-616 to be amended as it moves through the legislative process.”

There’s an even more important pledge Flores broke than pretending to be a supporter of gun owner rights, and that’s the oath of office she freely took, but evidently didn’t really mean.

Oath Keepers, by its bylaws, “is a non-partisan association,” and is officially constrained from making candidate endorsements. That does not mean oath-breaking politicians can’t be exposed for the treacherous poltroons they prove themselves to be, and I’m under no constraints as a contributor — on record as speaking for myself — from sharing a political strategy I recommend and would like to see more adopt.

When betrayed like this, gun-owning voters are chided by party apologists that the other candidate is really, really “anti-gun,” and pressured into voting for what they’re told is the”lesser of two evils.” By accepting that cowardly excuse, they truly are wasting their vote on someone who will have no reason to ever take them seriously again, and who will properly view them as gutless fools to be used. Worse, it sets an example where other politicians will see they can get away with betrayal at no cost if defense of principle becomes perceived as too risky. It actually encourages and makes inevitable further defections.

Better to take a loss on one seat, to target the enemy within and set the example for all others that if they cross us, they’ll be taken out.  It won’t take too many such object lessons to convince the rest in that party that they should behave themselves, if not out of principle than out of a sense of political survival.

I look at a self-serving and ambitious creature like Flores, and I’m not moved by reminders of all the “good” she may have done in the past and may yet do again.  The way I see it, a wife or husband may treat you right for the most part, but how many times are you going to put up with being  brazenly cheated on before you accept that it’s over, and that to stay would render you contemptible?

Put another way, would you go on patrol with a supposed brother in arms knowing that, based on results, every so often he will turn his gun on his buddies and shoot them in their backs?

That’s something Sen. Rene Garcia of Hialeah, who the Herald-Tribune article said “shared [Flores’] concerns,” might want to keep in mind. And it’s something Senate President Joe Negron, with an “A+” grade and endorsement from NRA, had better establish control over without delay.

UPDATE: TTAG reports she wants to be the next mayor of Miami, where she will not be dependent on the gun vote and it will suit her purposes to kiss up to the gun-grabbers. Ambitionmeans she wants to climb the ladder, and won’t want to stop there, so never forget.


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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.