The bloody rampage in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children dead prompted Florida Democrats to introduce more than a dozen gun-related bills in this year's legislative session.
Only one survived the political wrangling -- HB 1355, sponsored by democrats Rep. Barbara Watson of Miami Gardens and Sen. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville.
This sensible, if modest, proposal would bar certain people treated for mental illness from buying guns.
Yet, the measure sits on Gov. Rick Scott's desk, the subject of a possible and foolish veto.
Scott is caught in a political crossfire with a pair of out-of-state gun rights groups -- the National Association for Gun Rights from Colorado and Gun Owners of America from Virginia -- that have falsely painted the plan as a government gun grab.
A bill that racked up only a single nay while sailing through a gun-friendly Legislature.
A bill that would only broaden current law: prohibiting both individuals who willingly pursue therapy after being assessed under Florida's Mental Health Act, as well as people who involuntarily are committed, from buying guns.
A bill that's even backed by Marion Hammer, the former National Rifle Association president.
Still, Scott's is feeling the heat.
Emails have compared the governor to New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- a charter member of the gun-control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In pro-gun circles, that's just a pitchfork shy of calling Scott the devil.
Rather than turn and run from self-interested, pro-gun carpetbaggers, Scott should stand his ground and sign this reasonable measure.