Armed evacuations during emergencies


The April 4 editorial, Shoot this down, objecting to proposed Florida Senate Bill 296, which will allow unlicensed gun owners to openly carry weapons when evacuating during emergencies, rightly links the NRA's financial grip on the Florida Legislature with this disaster on top of a disaster bill.

In 1979 when Hurricane David was approaching South Florida my family and I, new to the area, headed north to Orlando. The turnpike was packed, traffic was crawling and tempers were obviously flaring.

Many cars were aggressively driving on the road's shoulder that day.

I will never forget the sight of occupants in several of those cars flashing guns at us in their windows indicating we should let them cut ahead of us into traffic.

That was 35 years ago. Can you imagine what would happen today?

Carroll Billups, Fort Lauderdale

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