Worrisome rise in gun confiscations at Disney World

Worrisome rise in gun confiscations at Disney World

Tom Stieghorst The news that 34 people have been stopped from entering Walt Disney World with firearms since the start of 2020 should set off a quiet alarm for anyone with an interest in promoting and expanding tourism in Florida. The development, unearthed through a search of public records by the Orlando Sentinel, is just one of several suggesting that guns are a stealth issue for the state’s visitor industry. Over 100 illegal guns were confiscated by authorities on Miami Beach earlier this year during a six-week period of spring break. And it seems hardly a week goes by without another disturbing gun incident somewhere in the state. A deranged man kills two people he doesn’t know at a supermarket in Royal Palm Beach. A carload of thugs shoots up a party at a rented hall in Miami Gardens. Individually, they can all be explained and rationalized. Collectively they begin to create a public impression that something’s not right in the Sunshine State. The problem is said to stem in part from an increase in gun purchases during the pandemic. Nationwide, more than 20,000 people were killed last year in the U.S. by firearms, a record number according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although there’s no hard proof, the rise in deaths seems to parallel a more aggressive attitude in some parts of the population toward the exercise of Second Amendment rights. Put plainly, more people may be carrying weapons than in the past. The […]

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