Sh*t Happened 2/27/18: State legislature shoots down AR-15 ban, panther sighting, arena football still a thing

Let's do the Time Warp again.

click to enlarge Sh*t Happened 2/27/18: State legislature shoots down AR-15 ban, panther sighting, arena football still a thing

Here, let's check out what happened yesterday while we're waiting for the Zyrtec to kick in.

The Florida Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that included a few changes to gun laws, but voted not to add an overall ban on assault-style weapons. Because what good could outlawing access to weapons used in nearly every mass killing in modern America possibly do to help curtail mass killings in modern America?

It has, once again, been zero days since an area school was disrupted due to a potential threat of violence. Meet the new normal. How's the new normal sitting with you?

Hillsborough County authorities are looking for a man who knocked down a woman walking a Lake Park trail in Northdale, stole the shorts off her body and went running into the woods. If you think this is funny, you're not a woman who's had to contemplate a stranger overpowering you and forcibly removing your clothing against your will. Which is to say, if you think this is funny, you're not almost all women.

Lakeland is making a third try at hosting an arena football team. Perhaps their venue could be sponsored by a store that rents movies on VHS cassettes.

And finally, sheriff's deputies and FWC personnel were dispatched after somebody reported seeing a live Florida panther in Valrico. While the idealist in me really hopes somebody actually saw a live Florida panther in Valrico, the realist in me suspects it was probably, like, an oversized feral cat or a plastic bag caught halfway up a bush or something.

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