With the Florida House poised to pass a sweeping bill addressing mental health, school safety and guns, the families of the 17 victims of the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre last night signed off on the legislation.
March 6, 2018
Florida State House Representative,
We are the families of the victims killed in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. We strongly urge you to support the passage of SB 7026 ‐ Public Safety.
You must act to prevent mass murder from ever occurring again at any school. This issue cannot wait.
The moment to pass this bill is now.
We must be the last families to suffer the loss of a loved one due to a mass shooting at a school. We demand action by the entire Florida Legislature to keep our schools safe.
Vote “YES” on SB 7026 ‐ Public Safety
This Time Must Be Different!
Lori Alhadeff, Max Schachter, Ryan Petty, Linda Beigel Schulman, Fred Guttenberg, Damian and Denise
Loughran, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, Mitch Dworet, Jennifer and Tony Montalto, Kong Feng Wang and
Peter Wang, Andrew Pollack, Tom and Gina Hoyer, Vincent and Anne Ramsay, Miguel Duque, Debbi
Hixon, April Schentrup, and Melissa Feis
The endorsement comes after House and Senate Democrats — who largely opposed the measure (SB 70260 — repeatedly argued that the proposal lacks what parents, students and teachers from Douglas High (and elsewhere) have demanded: a ban on assault weapons and the removal of a provision allowing specially trained school personnel, including teachers, to bring guns to schools.
The House could vote on the proposal as soon as today.
Gov. Rick Scott has maintained that he opposes arming classroom teachers as well as the three-day waiting period for the purchase of long guns, also included in the bill.
The Senate on Monday included a “compromise” that would exclude individuals who “exclusively” work in classrooms from participating in the re-branded “guardian program — originally called the “school marshal” program — named after Aaron Feis, the assistant coach who heroically used his body to shield students from a hail of bullets during the Feb. 14 horror.
Tuesday’s letter from the parents and wives also comes as NRA powerhouse Marion Hammer issued an “emergency alert” accusing House leadership of “frantically bullying” members to support the “anti-gun” proposal.
EMERGENCY ALERT: House Members Need to hear from you NOW
DATE: March 6, 2018
TO: USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past PresidentSenate Republicans Joined Anti-gun Democrats to Pass Gun Control
Yesterday, the Florida Senate voted 20 to18 to pass a bill that punishes law-citizens for the actions of a mentally ill teenager who murdered 17 people after Florida officials repeatedly refused to get him the help he needed.
The bottom line is turncoat Republicans in the Florida Senate voted with Senate Democrats to punish law-abiding citizens in Florida. A full report with the roll call vote and a list of the traitors and how they betrayed you and the Second Amendment will be forthcoming.
YOU and every law-abiding gun owner is being blamed for the atrocious act of premeditated murder. Neither the 3-day waiting period on all rifles and shotguns, raising the age from 18 to 21 to purchase any firearm, or the bump stock ban in the bill will have any effect on crime or criminals yet Senate leaders, masquerading as conservatives, rammed through gun control as part of the bill.
The bill is NOW IN THE HOUSE where House leadership is frantically bullying Second Amendment supporters to get them to vote for the gun control package.
Please EMAIL members of the Florida House IMMEDIATELY and tell them to VOTE NO ON GUN CONTROL– VOTE NO ON SB-7026.
Urge them to provide armed security in schools and tighten mental health laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others BUT LEAVE THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS ALONE.DO IT NOW!!! THE BILL WILL BE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY