Category: Gun Violence

EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, …

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Florida ballot measure on assault weapons ban proposed

A Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters. The proposal, backed by the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, was posted on the state Division of Elections website this month.   (Read more in TampaBay.com)  

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Gun safety advocates claim victory with Nikki Fried win

It was my honor to add support @nikkifried and to campaign for her. This is a victory for those of us who believe we can do more for gun safety. I am honored to now have the opportunity to be part of her transition. Nikki, thank you for running. https://t.co/INmpuX36yc — Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November …

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Parkland students make a final push for youth vote

Emma González joined a dozen student leaders on the steps of the state Capitol Monday with a message to young voters: “Tomorrow is your chance to be a hero for yourself.” The students have been traveling the country on a nine-month voter registration effort — the Vote for Our Lives tour. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre

Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, school walkouts and voter-registration events throughout the country: their first Election Day. (Read more in PBS.org)

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Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Thursday that in addition to throwing $2 million behind Democratic candidates seeking Florida Cabinet positions, it will be dedicating $1.8 million solely to agriculture commissioner nominee Nikki Fried and attorney general hopeful Sean Shaw. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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Nikki Fried to NRA: ‘I won’t be beholden to you’

Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate for the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, sent a clear message to the National Rifle Association Monday morning: “I won’t be beholden to you.”

The message comes in the form of a signed letter to NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer. Fried says the letter was prompted by a Tampa Bay Times report that unveiled emails exchanged between Hammer and officials within the agriculture commissioner’s office.

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NRA sway: For Florida officials, it’s always Hammer time

On the Fourth of July 2016, National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer fired off an email to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “This crap needs to stop,” begins Hammer in the first of seven emails she would exchange with the department over the next 48 hours. “You need to figure out how …

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Mental Health & Gun Laws

Another mass shooting happened in Florida. This time at a football video game tournament in Jacksonville.  Three people are dead including the 24-year old shooter, David Katz; 11 others are injured. After every mass shooting comes the hope that maybe this time will be different. Maybe this will be what gets the attention of Congress …

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Joe Henderson: A warning to the GOP: Parkland isn’t going away

The Parkland kids and their determination to change the culture in Florida is the biggest X-factor in the primaries this month and in the November general election. That much has become increasingly evident as the campaigns have wound their ways toward the citizens’ right to determine what kind of state we want to be. Parkland’s …

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