Jeff Rabinowitz (FL-11), "Gun Control"

Lets pass common sense gun control laws, that will make all our citizens safe.

Let me introduce The NRA School Shield program.

The NRA is offering comprehensive training including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel training and policy. And offering free to all our schools across the nation.

I encourage you to go online to and learn more about the program. I am sure after you read about it, you will pursue with vigor, having your school admin bring the program to your school.

I support and will work to see the Manchin-Toomey bill becomes law

Manchin a Democrat, teamed up with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on the legislation, which came to be known as the Manchin-Toomey amendment (you can read the text of it here). It was a more limited proposal than a larger Senate bill on guns, which would have mandated criminal background checks on all sales between private parties with limited exceptions.

Current law requires checks on purchases only from federally licensed gun dealers. So the Manchin-Toomey amendment attempted to find a middle ground by expanding the checks to gun shows and Internet sales, but not requiring them of family members and friends giving or selling guns to each other.

”As under current law, transfers between family, friends and neighbors do not require background checks. You can give or sell a gun to your brother, your neighbor, your co-worker without a background check. You can post a gun for sale on the cork bulletin board at your church or your job without a background check,”

Margaret Good (FL-16), "Stand with me against gun violence"

Earlier this month, our country lost more than 30 people in less than 24 hours in two mass shootings. El Paso, Dayton, Parkland, Pulse, Charleston. And it’s not just mass shootings — people are dying every day from gun violence. It is past time we take action.

That’s why my colleagues and I are calling for a special session of the Florida Legislature — to bring forward legislation that would curb gun violence.

The inaction has gone on for far too long, and we can’t accept it any longer. There are some foundational things that we can do that would have far-reaching impacts. We have called for the legislature to:

Implement universal background checks

Prohibit the sale, transfer, or possession of large-capacity magazines

Revise requirements for the safe storage of weapons in the home

Strengthen red flag legislation

Create an Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force

We cannot wait to take action on these proposals — many of which have bipartisan support. Real lives are on the line and it is our job to make this country safer for our generation and future generations.

Together, we will work to make these proposals a reality.
— Margaret Good

Jim Kennedy (FL-08) Issue Statement

As a Veteran, I support the Second Amendment. The right to bear arms is an American right, and should continue to be protected as much as our other rights. But there needs to be rules, same as with Free Speech, you can’t defame someone. Felons chose to live outside the law. Choosing to do so means they chose to give up some rights, in this case firearms. I think we can all agree this makes sense. Under Federal Law 18 U.S.C § 992(d), it is prohibited to ‘sell or dispose of any firearm to someone who has been adjudicated as mentally defective’. When someone has a history of abuse or violence or instability, the law needs to ensure they no longer have access to firearms. The Right to possess firearms should not be removed, but it needs to be regulated. If you want to own firearms, do a background check and get a license from law enforcement. All firearm sales need to be documented and reported.

Margaret Good (FL-16), "Gun Violence"

I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe my feelings over the past week.

Like so many members of our community, I am heartbroken, angry, and scared by the tragedies that unfolded in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. We lost another 34 mothers, fathers, children, friends, and loved ones — to senseless and hate-driven gun violence.

But most of all, I’m frustrated because Floridians are all too familiar with these feelings. Why was Pulse, Parkland, and the Tallahassee yoga studio murders not enough to get our leaders to act? For that matter, why wasn’t Sandy Hook enough?

February 14, 2018 is a day I’ll never forget. It was supposed to be a day of celebration. The night before, we won the special election for Florida House District 72 and early that afternoon, I took the oath of office on the House floor. But there was no celebration.

Moments after I was sworn in, I watched the news of the Parkland shooting unfold from my colleague’s laptop: 17 students killed in the deadliest school shooting in our nation’s history.

That week students, parents, survivors, advocates, and concerned citizens from all across the state, reeling from our community’s collective trauma, descended on the capitol, confronting lawmakers, demanding they take action.

Their thundering chants and painful cries just outside the doors of the legislative chamber reverberated as they, and the rest of the world, looked to us to take action.

I watched the image of our students walk out of the school with their hands held over their heads play on loop on the news stations. I listened to families mourning the loss of their sons and daughters, and friends mourning the loss of their fellow students and teachers. And I could, almost physically, feel the weight of the problem and of the work that lay in front of us. I still do.

Over the following weeks, I listened to my colleagues talk about gun violence, not just in terms of mass shootings, but with the familiarity of men and women who have first-hand experience living in neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. I listened to my constituents voice their concerns about gun violence and about solutions.

And, I cast every vote and gave every speech on the Florida House floor with the end goal of ensuring this tragedy never happens again.

That included bringing an amendment that would have required universal background checks on all firearm purchases.

There is a bill waiting in the U.S. Senate to do exactly that. Friends, this is critical legislation that will curb gun violence and make our communities safer, but, as we saw in the Florida House, the leadership continues to block our common sense efforts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the power to bring that bill to a vote and because of him, it’s currently sitting in his legislative graveyard.

This is a matter of life and death. While so many of our leaders refuse to take action, I’m stepping forward. Our lives are on the line. It’s why I’m running for Congress, and why I need your help today.

We need to honor with action the innocent lives we lost in Parkland, Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, and every day on the streets of this country. I hope you’ll stand with me.
— Margaret Good

Chris Eagle (FL-04) Facebook Post

We are deeply saddened by the Horrific Mass Killings that happened in El Paso & Dayton. However, we have felt this way over 17 times just this year! The good news is we can fix the rise in Mass Shootings and start to fix other issues that we have.

Key Areas of Focus:

#1. Mental Evaluations & Treatment
We need to place the same priority on Mental Health that we do for Physical. Starting between the ages of 4-6 we take our children to get vaccinated. In addition, we to include mental health screening and treatment. If we work on identifying mental health issues early we can start treatment and hopefully prevention.

#2. Education
Racism and Hate in any form can be traced back to education. Our sources of information come from our Family, Friends, Teachers, Spiritual Leaders, Politicians, etc... Starting at home we need to “Stop” teaching racism and hate. Future & Present generations need to value diversity and not fear difference.

#3. Laws, Policies, and Regulations
We need to drive national change that addresses any material or weapon that can be used for massive killings. Here are a few of the changes I will support:

- Any and all “Semi or Automatic” weapons are only for military use and illegal for civilians. This will include modifications to a weapon increase the amount of firings.

- Any and all “Bomb Making” materials are only for military and agricultural use. The training & licensing structure will
need to change for certain materials: Fertilizer, Chemicals, Explosive Powders.

- Mandatory Background Checks & after Decades Fixing The Gun Show Loophole!

I believe in the hope for America. We come from all walks of life with our own stories to form a more perfect union. The values that bring us together are greater than the political talking points that tear us apart. Join me, and with some effort, we can make a country that works for all its people.

Let’s Bring America Together!

Allen Ellison (FL-17) Issue Statement

No child should be afraid to go to school or walk through neighborhoods. No American should be afraid to go to work or their place of worship and no human being should be afraid to go to a shopping mall or baseball field, nightclub or movie theater, concert or college campus.

A tragedy shouldn’t followed by just thoughts and prayers, it should be follow with comprehensive action toward ending gun violence.

We are not powerless in the fight Allen believes that we can reduce gun violence while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Allen believes we should expand and strengthen background checks for those who want to purchase a firearm – because it shouldn’t be easier to get a gun than a driver’s license. Allen believes we should ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of terrorists (whether they be domestic or foreign), domestic abusers, other violent criminals, or those who have shown signs of danger toward themselves or others.

Allen stands with the students, families, and organizers who are fighting to enact these commonsense policies to keep our communities safe.

Dana Cottrell (FL-11) Issue Statement

Amendment One to the Constitution gives us the right to free speech; however that right does not mean we have the right to falsely scream, “fire” in a crowd.

This interpretation was decided in the Supreme Court Case Schenck v. United States, 1919. Writing the opinion of the unanimous court, Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. stated, “The question in every case is whether the words are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”

This ruling has created an often used phrase of protecting against “clear and present danger.”

Let us now change one word. Take out “words,” and replace with “guns.”

The question in every case is whether the GUNS are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

Congress should enact legislation to protect all Americans just as we have done with car safety. No one is taking away the right to own a gun, just like no one has taken away your right to own a car.

Congress should enact legislation to: ban assault rifles and bump stocks, establish background checks with mandatory waiting periods, bar the mentally ill and those convicted of violent crimes from gun ownership, close all gun show loopholes, and establish a national gun registry. It should be mandatory that gun manufacturers include fingerprint identification systems on all guns. The “smart gun,” much like our “smart phones,” would go a long way in preventing circumstances that create a clear and present danger to our citizens.

March 23 addition: There should never be guns in schools. This represents a breakdown in our society, and arming teachers and school personnel is NOT the answer.