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Florida Legislation

Wilton Simpson seeks to shield gun and ammo sale data from corporate tracking

By Renzo Downey, Florida Politics, January 11, 2023. Florida could be the first state to protect gun sale data with the Arms and Ammo Act. Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson is unveiling his first legislative proposal since taking office, a first-in-the-nation measure to prevent businesses from tracking Floridians’ firearm and ammo purchases. Simpson, the former Senate President who

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Gun Violence

DeSantis’ permitless carry helps only him

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 19, 2023. Ron DeSantis wants permitless carry in Florida before he leaves office. To prevent senseless homicides and shooting of police, We the People must act. Write or call Sen.Albritton (albritton.ben.web@FLSenate.gov, 860-487-5027), Sen. Gruters (joe.gruters@FLsenate.gov, 860-487-5033) and Representative Grant (michael.grant@myfloridahouse.gov, 850-717-5075)

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Florida Legislation

Dear Legislators, please oppose permitless carry of concealed weapons

The following speech was written and spoken by Fran Dance, Charlotte County Democratic Party precinct captain,  to our FL Reps.  Michael Grant and Spencer Roach and FL Sen. Ben Albritton at the Charlotte County Legislative Delegation meeting in Punta Gorda on Jan 11, 2o23. Gov. DeSantis expects our Legislature to pass a bill this year

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Gun Violence

DeSantis backs more abortion restrictions, looser gun law

By SKYLER SWISHER, ORLANDO SENTINEL, Dec 16, 2022. ORLANDO — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis weighed in on abortion and guns Thursday, signaling he’s ready to sign legislation on those hot-button issues next year but offering no firm details. DeSantis said he would sign more anti-abortion legislation when asked if he supported a “heartbeat bill” that

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Gun Violence

No need to water down Florida gun laws

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on July 6, 2022. OUR POSITION: Gov. Ron DeSantis is going in the wrong direction when it comes to gun violence. Mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York are still stinging, yet Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t wait to arm more Floridians. It just

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Gun Violence

Gun permits: necessary or not?

By Bob Mudge, Senior Writer, The Daily Sun, June 27,2002. Experts agree that the adoption of the permitless, or “constitutional,” carrying of concealed weapons has an impact on gun use in a state. They just don’t agree on what it is. For every study saying that allowing the carrying of a concealed weapon without a

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Gun Violence

America’s story, and its shame

What kind of country forces the bereaved parents of massacred children to beg for mercy?   By Yvonne Abraham, The Boston Globe Columnist, June 8, 2022. What does it say about this country that the bereaved parents of massacred children must grovel before members of Congress in the hopes of eliciting even a minimally serious

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Gun Violence

Democrats should be clear: A radical GOP is holding the country back

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 5, 2022. Washington is broken. Politicians can’t get anything done. They don’t listen to voters. Voters have been making these complaints for decades, but never have they been truer than they are today. The preferences of a supermajority of voters, whether that’s investigating an armed insurrection to topple

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Call to Action

Charlotte County Dems to host a Gun Safety Rally on June 11th

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Location: Democratic Party Headquarters, 3596 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL The Charlotte County Democratic Party invites all concerned adults and children to participate in this Gun Safety Rally, protesting the recent gruesome series of mass killings. The Democratic Party of Charlotte County believes that it is long past

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Charlotte County Democrats

Charlotte County Democrats grieve with Uvalde, Texas

Charlotte County Democrats grieve with the families and community of Uvalde, Texas mourning the senseless killing of 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School. The shooting at Robb Elementary School is sadly the latest incident in an endemic of mass violence plaguing our country. While many Floridians hoped the 2018 killing of 17

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Gun Violence

Florida Democratic Party statement on Texas school shooting

May 24th was another sad day in America. Just a few days after the heinous shooting in Buffalo, we now once again had a shooting massacre in our country. This time, innocent children and a teacher were the victims of gun violence in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The following statement is from the

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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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