Participation by students in Charlotte County and North Port High during Wednesday’s national recognition of the Parkland tragedy was heartfelt and respectful — obviously planned in coordination and with the support of school personnel.
The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott Friday, would allow JROTC officers, current or retired armed service members and retired law enforcement officers to carry guns on school campuses.
Many Democrats and supporters of gun control say the changes don’t go far enough. A recent statewide poll said 62 percent of voters in Florida support a ban on assault weapons
Charlotte County students are going to stand up and be counted in their lives. The March for Our Lives event is a chance for students to send their message to all who will listen – 400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 10 AM March 24
Democrats said the legislation doesn’t go far enough to limit access to guns, especially military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines like the kind used in Parkland.
“The main motivations that are pushing me forward are sheer anger and disgust toward our elected officials who have refused to take action,” Hogg said. “The motivation is to take action at the polls this November.”
Democrats tried to outlaw assault weapons and large-scale magazines, tax ammunition, require background checks on all gun transactions, mandate safety improvements at pawn shops and gun stores and allow cities and counties to pass stricter gun laws than the Legislature.
It appeared Florida’s upper chamber had approved a ban on AR-15-style rifles Saturday, but a later roll call vote clarified that it did not have the votes to pass.
During an appearance last night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Douglas student David Hogg said that Tallahassee lawmakers were more interested in cracking down on pornography than pushing for common sense gun safety and protecting lives.
Democrats have launched billboards in Orlando and Tallahassee that declare that Gov. Rick Scott did nothing to address gun safety following the June 12, 2016, Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.