Around the South for Mar 1: FL, TN & VA

Florida: GOPer Mast for gun control.  US Rep. Brian Mast (R), in the wake of the Parkland murders, has switched his position and now supports a ban on assault weapons, a change he recorded in an op/ed in the New York Times. Mast lost both legs as an Army bomb specialist and won a Bronze Star. He said he also thought about the Las Vegas massacre. He said plenty of local Republicans had whispered to him, “Spot on, you’re exactly right,” while others disagreed, but politely ……. Tennessee: Graham integrated his revival. In 1953, even before the 1954 school desegregation Supreme Court decision, the late evangelist Billy Graham told the ushers at a revival in Chattanooga, who were setting up ropes to separate folks by race, “Either these ropes stay down, or you can go on and have the revival without me.” It was his first integrated revival, says The Tennessee Journal ……. Virginia: Judge rules covers must come off Confederate statues. A circuit judge in Charlottesville has ruled that the black shrouds covering the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson must be removed. He rejected the city’s argument that the shrouds were a symbol of mourning for Heather Heyer, who was killed by a white supremacist on August 12. Plaintiffs contended that an appropriate period of mourning had passed, reports the Washington Post …….