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The Daily Countable: Florida Attempts Gun Control, NRA Fights Back, and... is Daylight Really Saved?

by Countable | Updated on 3.12.18

Stifle that yawn, Countable friends, or you'll start an epidemic. Yes, most of us HATE this day: the first workday of this year's Daylight Savings Time, and a veritable insult to the finely honed schedule of any working person. But did you hear about what The Sunshine State is doing today? Florida is springing-forward, but plans to NOT FALL BACK. What do you think?

In more critical news: Florida passed new gun control legislation: the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, in response to the Parkland massacre that left 17 dead . Among other things, the bill raises the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, bans bump-stocks, and imposes a three-day waiting period for most firearm purchases. The NRA immediately filed a lawsuit, arguing the new law violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendment. Click here to read our coverage.

On the Radar

As they say in Korean: "똥 just got real." President Donald J. Trump has accepted an invitation from Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to speak with a North Korean leader. Read what "Dotard" and "Little Rocket Man" will be discussing here. ​

Under the Radar

President Trump made good on his promise to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent fee on aluminum. The levies will go into effect in 15 days, and exclude Canada and Mexico. But now, other countries are asking how they can get on that VIP list. Read the latest on the tariffs heard round the world here. ​

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his daily intelligence briefing before hosting the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
  • He will then have lunch with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to host an on camera press briefing at 2pm ET. ​

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, March 13. ​

The Senate: In Session

Tomorrow's Preview

  • The Senate will continue to debate its banking reform bill and could vote on its passage.
  • The House will consider six bills that are relatively uncontroversial under the fast-track "suspension of the rules" process.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Looping back around to the dreaded Spring-Forward… yes, yes, it'll probably take us (meaning, me) all week to get used to the new schedule. But I do like that the mornings are brighter. It's both a cosmological truth and a lovely metaphor. Be in touch, friends. ​ — Andrea Seabrook ​ Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Nancy
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA is a domestic terrorist organization on par with ISIS.

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  • Nicholas
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA are a bunch of bullies. This doesn’t ban guns. They make the second amendment seem like it’s all or nothing. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Same for voting. And buying and consuming alcohol or cigarettes. Guns are tools made specifically for harm and death. No one should just be given the right to use such a thing. Earn it. The new law also provides support for mental health care, so Florida is not just blaming guns. They recognize the need to fight the root causes of such violence. The NRA are fanatics. Plain and simple. They are obsessed and only fight for freedom if it’s the kind of freedom they want.

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  • Joanne
    03/12/2018
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    The second amendment has nothing to with assault rifles; banning assault style weapons has everything to do with the right of innocent people to live and be safe.

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  • Carl
    03/12/2018
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    The president's backing down to the NRA shows how much power this terrorist organization wields in American politics. Assault weapons must be banned, background checks and waiting periods must be enhanced. Those of you who take money from the NRA and bow to their wishes will be voted out of office and representatives with common sense and a wish to protect constituents will take your places.

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  • Bryan
    03/12/2018
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    Being a republican has its challenges, but the NRA is being so stupid. Busting the age from a boy (18) to a man (21) for a rifle, is the best option. Can’t get a drink of alcohol until 21, but can buy a rifle? Can’t even rent a car until 25, or get certain hotels until 21, but a rifle, nooooo don’t mess with that! Proves to me that the NRA cares more about money than people and maturity. I was always taught as a child that it’s a responsibility. Money and having and 8 before the word teen apparently throws that out the window.

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  • Margie
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA isn’t about the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment was not intended so that civilians could own military grade weapons. NRA is only about profits. They only care about their bottom line. I wonder how they would feel if it were their children who were wounded and killed

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  • Robert
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA needs to go back to its beginnings as an advocate organization for gun safety and sport. NRA should stop lobbying for gun manufacturing. Trump need to have to take someone with be diplomatic experience, he is not qualified or capable of doing a diplomatic deal of any sort.

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  • Brent
    03/12/2018
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    The second amendment is here to stay!!! Molon Labe

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  • Mark
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA has been compromised, what once was an organization for hunters and hunters safety is now so radicalized it has gotten in a fight with high school students who have just lost 17 of their own to gun violence. This is not normal and it is not okay. I am a hunter and a gun owner, and I will never support the NRA, they along with Trumps GOP have lost it. Common sense gun laws and background checks will not lead to a tyrannical government. An AR-15 or an AK-47 will never be able to stand up to an M1 Abrams, an F22, or Marines, the notion that the populace can easily overthrow a tyrannical government with militias is laughable in this day and age. We live in the United States of America, we prevent tyranny with our vote, public education, and checks and balances within the government. It’s time for the NRA and their extremist base to grow up. You are not “operators”, you are not special gun wielding snowflakes that will keep America free from corruption and tyranny.

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  • Pru
    03/12/2018
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    NRA has a stranglehold on Congress, assault weapons are not a second amendment right!

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  • Michael
    03/12/2018
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    If the NRA is a terrorist organization then what does that make Planned Parenthood? The racist organization strategically placed in minority neighborhoods to commit genocide at the rate of 300,000 babies a year. The NRA doesn’t pull the trigger, neither do any of its members. 99% of these shootings are by left wing kooks. The NRA protects the interests of its members who are law abiding American citizens. If someone on the other side of the nation yells fire in a theater, should you lose your right to free speech? I’m tired of stupid morons calling good law abiding people terrorists and Nazi’s because they believe in protecting their rights. So all you self righteous assholes who look the other way when Planned Parenthood sells baby parts can go fuck yourselves!

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  • Christine
    03/12/2018
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    Geezlaloo! A commission, headed by the ultra UNQUALIFIED Betsy DeVos on school safety, with NO due date for the “report”? Is that all our government’s got? djt, et al. MUST be afraid of the NRA.

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  • Tooluser1
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA is ordinary Americans exercising their rights of free speech to protect the rights frightened children would deny. The only terrorists in this discussion are the liars and fools who try to deny the rights of their fellow citizens to achieve the illusion of saftey.

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  • Abbi
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    We don't need daylight savings. Now about the NRA, I understand the second amendment is to help us if we ever have an unjust government... well we already have that and the second amendment didn't help. Firstly, we'd rather go the nonviolent route and vote for people that actually want to represent us. Secondly the only people "taking on the government" are either racist old codgers who take over a bird sanctuary and piss all over native American relics or crazy dangerous ones that often hold white supremacist values going on the offensive but instead shooting innocent targets like schools, churches, concerts and movie theaters. Oh wait a lot of people stood with Standing Rock too and the government used its might to oppress the water protectors. I guess the argument could be made that they had no guns like the bundy ranch but I say it's cause they weren't white, rich, and white rich people wanted their land... so of course they hire highly trained soldiers to oppress them. Ladies and gentlemen we've been in an unjust government for decades. So this is how we get out...vote progressive, vote for people that will sign to make illegal and impossible for corporations to buy politicians, we end lobbying. Remove money from politics because when citizens united is paying them they aren't working for the rest of us. We need to demilitarize and retrain our police, weed out the racists and rapists. We need term limits on our congress and to stop them from becoming lobbyists after. Many people voted to "drain the swamp" but this is how you do it... not by voting in more swamp. Basically keep the guns to protect your home ok? You won't win against the US army, vote in a way that makes you their boss again.

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  • burrkitty
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    NRA sues Florida citing 14th amendment as reason for not banning the purchase of assault style weapons to those under 21. 14th amendment is also the amendment that specifically calls out the right to vote only for men over the age of 21. 🤔 irony much?

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  • Bob
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    The portion of the bill that changes the legal gun ownership age from 18 to 21 is ridiculous. If an 18 year old man can be drafted for the military to fight for his country, he should have the right to own a firearm.

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  • Cody
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    The AR15 and other semi automatic firearms are just rifles and it takes a evil person behind them to do evil and the term assault rifles is such a lie

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  • RadicalModerate
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    Who decides what qualifies as a mental illness? Conservatives would let anyone have a gun as long as there not gay, or trans, or smoke weed. That’s right. Your considered mentally ill if the rights you would arm yourself to defend are the rights t...

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  • Nicole
    03/12/2018
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    The NRA doesn’t determine whether something violates the Constitution—the Supreme Court does. And while my husband and his brothers were growing up, the NRA focused on gun safety. Since their focus shifted to gun sales, they have become another profiteering group in American politics. This must stop. All Americans have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and guns endanger or prevent this far too often.

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  • CombatVeteran
    03/12/2018
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    Glad the NRA is actually standing up for gun rights again. The 2nd amendment is not for sale or debate.

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