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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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Gun Violence

Action Alert – ARMING CLASSROOM TEACHERS

  The Senate Education Committee filed a proposed bill that would allow arming Florida’s school teachers. SPB 7030, if passed, would repeal the provision of the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program that exempts those individuals who exclusively perform duties as classroom teachers to be armed. This bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 12,

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Panel investigating Parkland shooting unanimously approves report calling to arm some teachers

A state commission in Parkland, Fla., investigating the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unanimously approved a report on Wednesday that calls for some teachers to be armed. The 458-page report, produced by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, makes dozens of recommendations, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,

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Margaret Good aims for background checks on private gun sales

Background checks should stop violent felons from buying guns. State Rep. Margaret Good just filed legislation to make all sellers actually use them. “I don’t know if people understand that if you buy off the internet in Florida, if you buy off of Craiglist or you do it person to person, a background check is not required,”

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Gun Violence

EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis,

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Florida ballot measure on assault weapons ban proposed

A Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters. The proposal, backed by the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, was posted on the state Division of Elections website this month.   (Read more in TampaBay.com)  

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