Florida’s senators need to find the courage to act on gun violence | Opinion

Florida’s senators need to find the courage to act on gun violence | Opinion

Private sellers, including those at gun shows or online, or even between friends and neighbors, can sell firearms without a background check in many states. A bill to require universal background checks, an idea with overwhelming support across political lines, has passed the House and awaits Senate action. Our society has accepted gun violence as a way of life for far too long, but now more than ever, we need leaders who will take action. For me, fighting gun violence is personal. I lost my father to gun violence, so I know the deep pain one has when losing a family member so horrifically and suddenly. I have grown close to the families of those who lost loved ones in hate-fueled mass shootings that have occurred in the heart of Latino communities, like Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and Parkland. And as a Latina immigrant, I am keenly aware of how gun violence disproportionately impacts people of color in Florida and abroad. From mass shootings to the senseless everyday shootings that rarely make the headlines, Florida is no stranger to gun violence. Every year, we lose more than 2,500 people to gun violence and last year, there were 34 mass shootings here. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is the former congresswoman for Florida’s 26th District. And yet in the three years since the Parkland shooting, Congress hasn’t passed a single piece of legislation to curb gun violence. That’s despite 86% of Floridians across political parties and 82% of gun owners supporting common sense gun […]

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