Florida Attorney General Candidate Promises Swift Action on Gun Violence
"Inaction is not an option," says Sean Shaw
Earlier this month, Florida Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw promised to take action to curb gun violence on his first day in office if elected. Following another Florida mass shooting -- this time at a video game tournament in Jacksonville -- Shaw's pledge shows the importance of electing politicians who will no longer sit on their hands when it comes to gun violence.
Shaw had a simple message in announcing his aggressive approach to dealing with gun violence, as Gray Rohrer reports for the Orlando Sentinel:
Declaring that “inaction is not an option” Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw said Thursday he’ll develop plans to combat gun violence on his first day in office.
“We have a gun violence epidemic in this state and country — and we need leaders who are ready to take action to save lives,” he said. “It’s unacceptable to live in a state with so many homicides by firearm and ignore solutions.”...
...Under his plan, if elected, he’d set up the group his first day in office. The task force would be made up of Cabinet members, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, public defenders, mental health organizations, students, teachers and school officials.
The group would return recommendations within 60 to 90 days, on topics including from the state’s preemption of local gun laws, 3-D printing of guns, the sale of assault-style weapons and school shootings. But Shaw already is eyeing some action on his own. He’d like to see the responsibility for reviewing background checks for concealed-carry permits moved from the Agriculture Commissioner’s office to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He also wants a repeal of the “stand your ground” law.
Gun violence has become so prevalent in America that people are learning how to react to mass shooting situations as part of their daily lives. As WFTS Tampa Bay reports, one of the victims of Sunday's attack is a high school teacher who now goes through regular training to prepare for active shooters. This is a sad reality:
Kent said he dove under a table when the shots started. He says there was panic, but he knew what to do.
“I teach at Treasure Coast High School and just last week we had our Code Red drill where we’re kind of talking about the same situation with a gunman in school, and then you don’t really think it’s going to happen to you and then here I am in the middle of that situation,” said Kent.
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