Gun Safety Among Barzee-Flores' Priorities / by Charles Yeganian

The Naples Daily News has a profile on Florida’s 25th Congressional race between Republican incumbent Mario Diaz-Balert and LEAPer Mary Barzee Flores, a former judge. Barzee-Flores is making gun reform a focus of her campaign:

“And why is it the case that 80, 90 percent of Americans believe that we should have universal background checks, but lifetime long politicians just keep refusing to get us there?” she asked.

"The answer to that question is because too many of these folks who’ve been in office are, frankly, beholden to the gun lobby, and are not willing to sit down and have a grown-up, adult discussion about what we’re going to do to tackle the senseless gun violence that our communities face," she said.

What she wants to do is mandate universal background checks, close loopholes, and reinstate the federal assault weapons ban. While Diaz-Balert has tried to modify his position on guns as the tide has turned against him, he’s still been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, and has received high marks from the gun lobby during his career. He’s also, most importantly, part of a Republican party that has no interest in advancing gun regulations as long as they remain a majority in Congress.