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Florida Legislation

Eleven Democrat gun control bills die without a FL legislature committee hearing

By Tristan Wood,  Florida Politics, March 2, 2022. The legislation included an assault weapons ban, gun sale restrictions and a lift of the state’s local gun control preemption. Eleven pieces of gun control-related legislation backed by Democratic lawmakers have not been taken up by a single committee this Legislative Session. With committee meetings concluded except

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Gun Violence

Despite ‘startling’ racial statistics, controversial ‘Stand your Ground’ laws withstand legal scrutiny

By Tom McLaughlin, Northwest Florida Daily News, Feb. 21, 2022. Six days after a jury said George Zimmerman was justified in approaching an unarmed Black teen and shooting him to death when a scuffle erupted, President Barack Obama asked America a difficult question. “If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that

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Gun Violence

Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery case

Today a jury in Glynn County, Georgia found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan Jr., accused of killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February of last year, to be guilty of murder. In reaction to these verdicts, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement: “The jury’s verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery trial

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Gun Violence

Rittenhouse photo not a good look for anyone

By Chris Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Nov 23, 2021. Kyle Rittenhouse was seen over the weekend checking out the rib platter at Smokin’ Jerry’s in Placida, it appears, all gussied up and grinning after his homicide acquittal. How do we know? Because Evan Power, the Republican Party of Florida Chairman of Chairs, posted a photograph on social media,

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Gun Violence

Rittenhouse and the Right’s White Vigilante Heroes

By Charles M. Blow, New York Times Opinion Columnist, Nov. 19, 2021 Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two men and wounded a third last year during protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, was found not guilty Friday of all charges by a Wisconsin jury. One can argue about the particulars of the case,

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Charlotte County Democrats

Charlotte County Commissioner Truex apologizes for divisive comments

Editor’s comment: Charlotte County Dems showed up in force on May 25th to address an inappropriate comment made by the chair of our county’s Board of Commissioners. Be like CC Dem member Lenny Guckenheimer and others;  speak out when our elected officials do something wrong.  We’ll have your back! Watch the NBC-2 news coverage of

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Charlotte County Democrats

Charlotte County Democrats stand in solidarity with Asian Americans

Port Charlotte, Florida. On March 16, Americans woke up to another mass shooting, this time across three massage parlors surrounding Atlanta, Georgia that left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, and raising fears of a deliberate attack on the Asian-American community. An attack against one is an attack on all of

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A Peace Plan For A Safer America.

Editor’s note: The following update on initiatives by “March for our Lives” was submitted by Charlotte County Young Democrats Chair Daniel Schwarz Following the horrific shooting tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, it felt like our lawmakers were finally willing to strengthen our pathetically weak gun laws. Tough talk by President Trump and other elected

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Charlotte County Democrats vote for Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

The Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee, the official arm of the Democratic Party in Charlotte County voted unanimously Monday evening in favor of two resolutions: 1 — Supporting sensible gun safety laws. 2 — Supporting a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan. Here are the texts of the two resolutions. GUN SAFETY RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the number

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DEC Vice-Chair Speaks Out about Recent Mass Shootings

  On this sickening day when two mass shootings have happened in our country, I find it important to remind myself that mass shootings happen almost nowhere else but in the United States. We cannot become normalized to the regular pace of massive, execution-style killings. These horrific events are exclusive to the United States. So

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Florida Attorney General Isn’t Fighting for Floridians, She is Fighting to Keep Her A- Rating with the NRA

On July 29, the Sun Sentinel reported that Attorney General Ashley Moody filed in court to block Ban Assault Weapons Now’s ballot initiative from the 2020 ballot. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, called Moody’s actions outrageous: “Attorney General Ashley Moody is attempting to stop voters from being able to vote to protect their families. Floridians are

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Ban Assault Weapons NOW

This weekend there was another senseless attack, this time at a synagogue in California, with the weapon of terrorist choice, the AR-15. There is NO reason why this weapon is available for any purpose other than mass attacks. But our Florida legislature is controlled by special interests who will do everything in their power to

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Armed Teachers in Florida: Irresponsible

The Florida Senate has moved forward with school security legislation (SB 7030) that includes a provision that would allow classroom teachers to carry weapons. For years, the leading champion for arming teachers was U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, a staunch guns right advocate. He sponsored a bill three years in a row when he was a

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Speaker Oliva Silenced the Voices of Parkland Survivors

Speaker Jose Oliva on Wednesday abruptly delayed a hearing on House Bill 7093 — which would arm teachers — after over a hundred Parkland survivors, students, and gun control advocates stormed the State Capitol to protest the bill. In response to the Speaker’s cowardly decision to hear the bill on another date, Florida Democratic Party Chair

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Charlotte Democrats remember Victims of School Shooting

Today we take time to remember the 17 victims who were cruelly gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day last year. We remember how the Parkland students led historic statewide, and nationwide calls for action, and forced Republicans to make changes to our gun laws in Tallahassee for the first time

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