Category: Gun Violence

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

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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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Florida Attorney General candidates react: ‘Stand your ground law should be repealed’

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws are a clear division point between the two Democrats and two Republicans in the state attorney general’s race, and that division showed in responses to questions Monday about the Markeis McGlockton shooting. (Read more in FDP Statement on Stand Your Ground Law Being Used in Clearwater Case Posted July …

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‘Road to Change’: Parkland shooting survivors stop in Charlotte County

(WATCH PLAYBACK  WINK News Livestream of Town Hall meeting in Punta Gorda) Parkland shooting survivors spent their second day in Southwest Florida encouraging young people to register to vote. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School kicked off their nationwide summer bus tour called “Road to Change” earlier this month in an effort to end gun …

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“Die-In” in Punta Gorda to protest gun violence

PUNTA GORDA – More than two dozen protesters held a “die-in” on the steps of the Historical Charlotte County Courthouse Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Demonstrators lay down on the concrete and brick for several minutes to remember the 49 victims of the mass shooting. They held …

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The NRA’s survey to Florida politicians is out

This year’s survey asks politicians whether they will repeal parts of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (the NRA calls it the “Gun Control/School Safety” bill). It’s not a popular idea and so far has limited public support. (Read more in

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David Hogg, who survived Parkland shooting, to stage “die-in” at Publix

Survivors of this year’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school are staging a “die-in” at some Publix stores in the state to protest the supermarket chain’s financial support for a pro-gun rights candidate for governor. (See more on

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