Finally, A Deep Pocketed Republican Donor With REAL Family Values:
Says if GOP doesn't pass common sense gun legislation, not a penny more from him
February 18, 2018
By Rex D. Cain
The eyes of suspect Nikolas Cruz, the young man who is the lone suspect in one of the worst school mass shootings in American history, in Florida last week.
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(NATIONAL) – There is a God after all, Virginia. His name is Al Hoffman Jr. and he is taking names and getting ready to kick some serious Beltway rear ends.
That’s because big Al is talking the only language that today’s mainstream and extremist right wing Republicans (who appear to have taken over the party) understand: money, money, money.
That, and getting re-elected. We can report here and now that Mr. Hoffman has struck holy fear into the hearts of every self-interested, big-bellied, NRA-owned, fat, happy and grinnin’ good ol’ boy lawmaker in America.
Hoffman Jr., a Florida-based real estate developer and big shot Republican donor (he was a leading fund-raiser for Gee DubYuh's campaigns) said on Saturday that unless the Republican party (which controls congress) passes legislation to restrict access to some guns, he says he won't contribute one more penny to any candidates or “electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians,” according to the New York Times.
And he went a step further. Hoffman said he would try to get the support other Republican political donors for a renewed assault weapons ban.
This is major news. Stop the presses boys. Here’s what Hoffman told the Times: “For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done? It’s the end of the road for me.”
Mr. Hoffman announced his decision in an email fired off to, according to the Times, half a dozen Republican leaders, including Jeb Bush and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” he wrote. “Enough is enough!”
Read the Times piece here . It should blow you away if you understood how revolutionary Hoffman's new line in the sand is.
What’s he's doing would have been unheard off just a few years ago because this is a guy who has contributed millions of dollars over the years to GOP candidates and causes.
What Hoffman’s doing is the equivalent of Nancy Pelosi getting her concealed carry permit, strapping on a brand new leather shoulder holster with a Sig Sauer .45 caliber semi-auto tucked inside and saying, “Go ahead punk. Make my day!”
It’s possible the latest AR-15 bloodbath-slaughterhouse at a school – 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida on Wednesday – is the tipping point for millions of Americans who are sick and tired of seeing this carnage year after year when European nations who for decades have had common sense gun laws on the books, don’t experience 10% of the human body count we put up with on American soil simply because the powerful gun lobby has done a great job of conning rich right wingers with millions of dollars to donate to GOP candidates that any common sense gun legislation is a lethal assault on the 2nd Amendment.
Young people ready to throw GOP leaders under the bus unless they heed the call
One of the things that may be affecting guys like Hoffman is that they see young people all across the country now saying this IS about guns and enough is enough.
In a big rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used to kill 17 people at their Florida high school, and what’s more, urged voters to vote out of office lawmakers who oppose the move or who even take money from the National Rifle Association.
In a speech filled with emotion, a senior at the school, Emma Gonzalez demanded that lawmakers do something to prevent mass school shootings.
"We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semiautomatic weapon," Gonzalez said at the rally outside a federal courthouse.
She said gun laws have to change because the laws have not, while the guns themselves have changed."Maybe the adults have got used to saying, 'It is what it is,'" she said. "But if us students have learned anything, it's that if you don't study, you will fail. And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead."
She talked directly to those politicians who take campaign donations from the NRA: "Shame on you." And that then sparked hundreds of others to chant, "Shame on you! Shame on you!"
"Politicians who sit in their gilded house and senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS!" she said. "They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!”