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This week in Tallahassee, 500 volunteers with the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America descended on the capitol to meet with lawmakers about the importance of prioritizing gun violence prevention legislation this session.
Volunteers came from across the state to deliver a unified message: Lawmakers should support policies that will make Florida safer, like requiring a criminal background check on all gun sales, and oppose risky policies, like allowing teachers in Florida to carry guns in schools. As Kate Kile, a Tallahassee-based volunteer with Moms Demand Action put it, “We are determined to pass common-sense gun safety legislation that will keep our families and communities safe.”
Survivors of gun violence also came to Tallahassee to meet with their elected officials. Reflecting on why he is part of the gun violence prevention movement, Luke Sherlock, whose niece was killed in the Parkland shooting, said that he was in Tallahassee to try to prevent gun violence from continuing to happen.
This Tuesday, Feb. 12, Moms Demand Action volunteers will return to the capitol for a hearing on Senate Bill 7030, which would expand an existing Florida law and enable any teacher in the state to be armed. Volunteers will testify in strong opposition to this bill.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs