Category Gun control

DeSantis views on guns extreme even by Florida standards

Despite the reputation, which was once well earned, that Florida was an extreme place for guns, the state now is somewhere in the middle nationally on gun regulations. Unlike Texas and New York, where recent mass shootings committed by teenagers took place, in Florida, 18-year olds cannot legally buy firearms. Florida does not have a […]

Does Nikki Fried have a gun problem? YES

Last month, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried sued the Biden Administration about an issue related to guns, citing “freedom” as a leading cause of her position. Now Fried claims she’s for an Assault Weapons Ban: Fried has a history of supporting GOP candidates and pro-gun legislators including former Senate President Joe Negron. Senator Annette Taddeo, […]

Marco Rubio continues to humiliate himself and insult Floridians when it comes to guns

Today, Marco Rubio continued his years-long rhetoric on guns, doubling-down on the sort of lunacy he has articulated since his days in State House. Today’s actions were nothing new as Marco Rubio has long stood in the way of legislation to stop gun violence and publicly attacked gun safety measures In the wake of mass […]

MSD a year later: A triumph of political tribalism and inaction

I’ve lived most of my life in Coral Springs, so when last February 14 tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland (half of MSD’s students come from Coral Springs) it impacted me profoundly. A year later, what have we endured in terms of meaningful governmental action or dialogue to solve such problems? Not […]

Will the March For Our Lives Become a March to the Polls in November?

By Dr Rachel Pienta Eight years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Mary Leigh Watters Blek for a scholarly anthology on women and activism. That name may not be familiar to many people, but the woman who partnered with her to give birth to an event that would be known as the Million Mom […]

From Columbine to Stoneman Douglas: what have we learned?

By Dr. Rachel Pienta For the past ten days, like so many Americans, I have been immersed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting. I have worked in schools all of my professional life – as a teacher, professor, and parent volunteer. I was in graduate school, teaching future teachers, when the Columbine shooting […]

In the wake of the MSDHS shooting we must remain angry but listen to one another

I’ve waited ten days to comment on this website about the school shooting because unlike other school shootings or tragedies or terrorist events, this one not only happened in my nation (San Bernandino, Columbine, Sandy Hook, etc), my state (Pulse) or my county (FLL shooting) but happened in my backyard, just literally around the corner […]

FL Democratic Progressive Caucus statement on Ft. Lauderdale mass shooting: Enough Already

Once again Florida has suffered a mass shooting. This time it happened in one of the busiest airports in the United States, Fort Lauderdale International. According to reports the shooter, Esteban Santiago, had checked his gun in a bag and upon retrieving his luggage, went to a bathroom and emerged with a loaded 9mm. He emptied it […]

Darren Soto politicizes Orlando tragedy despite years of NRA support

Our friend Peter Schorsch has an exquisite takedown of Darren Soto’s record on guns in wake of his highly politicized call for a Special Session of the Florida Legislature after the Orlando tragedy. Soto’s record on guns as Schorsch points out is consistent over the years including as recently as last year. Schorsch writes: Rather […]

The Phlip Side: Gun Politics

The massacre in Orlando has filled me with shock and sadness.  I will never understand what would drive a human being to commit mass murder.  I refuse to accept that it is ever okay, or acceptable on any level, to discriminate against people because of who they love.  The thing that makes me saddest of […]