For Jay Fant, ‘liberals on Fake News’ are driving gun control debate

Jay Fant

As the nation mourns the massacre of 17 people in a Parkland High School, a Republican candidate for Attorney General asserts that calls for gun control are the province of “liberals on Fake News.”

Rep. Jay Fant, a Jacksonville Republican, tweeted Friday that “Liberals on Fake News keep saying gun control is the answer. It’s not. Evil people will break any laws we can dream up to commit their evil acts.”

Fant asserted that “our Second Amendment right to bear arms is Liberty – meaning something government can’t take away. Giving up this liberty and letting the government ultimately be the only entity with weapons is a slippery slope toward a country where the government is more powerful than the individual.”

On Facebook, Fant expanded on the tweeted comments.

“Liberals will always think government and laws are the answer. But, that ignores the larger truth that those who are intent on carrying out illegal acts will break as many laws as we can dream up. The right to bear arms is not fundamentally about hunting and sporting. It’s about being able to protect and defend ourselves as a free people from the power of government,” Fant asserted.

“Taking away guns from law abiding people and giving them only to the government will not stop evil people from evil acts, it will only weaken the liberties of law-abiding Americans. Those liberties were created by our founding fathers to be sacred above all else – and specifically above any act to further empower government,” Fant added.

“The evil Parkland killer has taken enough from us. We must not let him be used to steal our constitutional rights too,” Fant noted.

Fant, who had challenged AG race opponent Ashley Moody to a “Second Amendment Debate,” seems to be predicating his campaign on an appeal to gun enthusiasts.

After a brief break in the immediate wake of the Parkland atrocities, he’s clearly back on message.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • SparkDogg

    February 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Florida needs Fascist Fant as AG like we need a gun shot in the head!

  • Bill Monroe

    February 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Jay, how about the patents and relatives of all these dead children masy be driving the need for gun control when it comes to people with mental health issues. The typical response from law makers in Florida…”pray for the families”…”it’s too early to talk gun control for the mentally unstable”…”liberals are driving gun control.” All ridiculous answers to each round of gun violence. You do not deserve a position as Attorney General.

  • Bill Monroe

    February 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Dear Republican law makers. You speak to gun rights, but respond that if you have medical marijuana cards, you don’t deserve to be a gun owner. Apparently, Jay feels the mentally unstable, and those on a terrorist watch list, can own guns, but if you are a senior with a medical card take away their guns. Jay, how do you justify that position?


    February 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

    The strength of the United States is that we are Nation of Laws enforced equally with justice for all; the United States is not a Nation of Vigilantes who are entitled to use deadly force to kill at will — without due process. Fant’s interpretation of the 2nd Amendment creates a pathway to anarchy; he has demonstrated that he is NOT qualified to hold the office of Attorney General.

    • SparkDogg

      February 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Fascist Fant!

  • Cathy Harbert

    February 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Just watched Fant interview on CNN. Same old proposal for protecting children from gun violence – background checks, aged limit,mental health, arming teachers, etc. Everything but banning the real problem – assault weapons. We got along fine before it became legal to buy or sell assault weapons. But now it seems like they are as necessary for some people as a cell phone. This is crazy. I hope Fant is defeated in his bid for attorney general. If he wins I feel for the citizens of Florida.

    • SparkDogg

      February 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Fascist Fant RANTS again! Haven’t we have enough “Make America Hate Again”?

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