Why Florida Needs to Advocate for Gun Control

Updated on April 5, 2018
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Joshua has work experience in aerospace/aluminum manufacturing & distribution. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

AR-15 ownership has become a controversial topic after is seems to be the new weapon of choice for school shootings. With over 5 Americans owning these weapons the political climate concerning gun this weapon will continue to be tense.
AR-15 ownership has become a controversial topic after is seems to be the new weapon of choice for school shootings. With over 5 Americans owning these weapons the political climate concerning gun this weapon will continue to be tense.

Gun Control the Popular Argument

Everyone is aware of the statement "guns don't kill people, people do." This is definitely a sound statement, but can it really be used in an argument for gun control? Yes, I know it has, but with me this statement does not hold water when guns are made with the intention of harming or killing individuals. Seriously when guns are being produced at the gun factory, do you think anyone in the factory thinks that the guns will never be used to take a life. You can always hope for that, but you have to be realistic. I understand that gun owners are defending their hobby, pastime, or whatever link/history they have to gun ownership. My go to question to gun owners is usually "why does it have to be so easy to get a gun?" I know people are causing murders all around america, but they can't do as much damage with a less lethal weapon such as a knife. The point is that deaths from guns can be controlled. We see this all over the world and yet we have thousands of Americans that want easy access to weapons. It's absurd that some people think that more guns can cure gun violence. This can only be the case in specific situations.

The Second Amendment is Just as Outdated as Slavery

The second amendment has always been puzzling to me. With so many gun deaths around the United States, how can we still have this law in place? Perhaps coming from me, a non-gun owner, non-hunter and non-veteran, I don't get the big picture. I have seen murders in the news and police in my state of Florida responding to gun shots. This is all too much and warrants anyone to take a stand on preventing guns from getting into the hands of anyone who will cause harm to another. In my view, the question that we should be asking is "why should anyone that is not in the armed forces, police forces or a veteran of the armed forces be able to own a gun? I really do wish I could answer this without having to say myself "we can't give up any rights?" This is really the only excuse I can come up with myself and it doesn't seem like enough. Even though I have respected the second amendment my whole life, I need to do my part in keeping these guns out of the hands people who will do harm. The only way out as I can see is to eliminating automatic weapons and eventually eliminating all gun purchases for the general public. Jay Fant, a Florida attorney general candidate said in a Tweet "We can’t let @AndrewGillum and the DC liberals win. The Parkland killer has taken away enough from us. Let’s not let this tragedy take away our right to bear arms too." What about the rights of all the innocent people that die from gun homicide each year Jay? Those were all Florida citizen and they don't have any rights now.

Parkland Shooting Shows That We Don't Do Enough

Grieving survivors and the families of the recent Parkland shooting have been extremely vocal in expressing their need for gun law changes. It's evident that something has to be done and Parkland will prove this in the coming months. The first step that will be taken is a 100 Student march in the Florida state Capitol of Tallahassee on Wednesday February 24th 2018. This will be the first organized protest for the #NeverAgain movement occurring just one week after the shooting. As the 100 Parkland students march it is there hopes that Marches will occur in every major city to raise awareness of our need to reform.

Apparently the survivors are only asking for more oversight on who gets to purchase these weapons. That would be a good start, but frankly I don't think it's going to be enough.

You Can Win The Argument

You don't have to educate me on the statistics. I know what they are. I know about the "assault weapon myth" and it's a great argument. Most gun murders are committed with hand guns. I don't really see hand guns ever getting banned unless each state wants to deal with a fairly large militia group.

Even if assault weapons do account for a small amount of the murders can we move on with life without them? More guns = Easier to get guns = More gun deaths

They're Not Like They Used to Be

How Florida Residents Can Make Changes

  1. The first thing you can do is contact the Florida State House of Representatives here. Tell them your concerns and stand up for the victims of all school shootings by asking for change.
  2. The Florida district house of representatives can contacted here. Let the representatives that received NRA money in 2016 that you mean business.
  3. Contact Governor Rick Scott here.

Florida 2016 NRA Contributions

As of February 2018 these this photo shows Florida District representatives that received campaign money from the National Rifle Association.
As of February 2018 these this photo shows Florida District representatives that received campaign money from the National Rifle Association.

Just For The Record

I've never been an advocate for gun control. I'm just sick of hearing about school shootings and seeing NRA money pumped into to our political system.

Official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund

References

Gov Track (2018). Representatives. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/FL

CNN (2018). Victim's mother: President Trump please do something!. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmaeYG3EIE&t=108s

Open Secrets Organization (2017). Retrieved from http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000000082&type=P&cycle=2016&sort=A&state=FL

(2018).Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNIxWPuNFfk




Updates

2/20/2018.

I just heard today that a middle school kid shot himself whole loading a weapon. Apparently he was loading a weapon in preparation to complete a shooting. Seriously, how does a middle school student get a gun? It‘s bad enough that I’m worried enough to even write about the Parkland shooting. Now I‘m adding the reference to Jackson Middle School in Ohio. Its a relief to hear that the kid that brought the gun to school was the only child that got hurt.

3/3/2018

The Florida state senate briefly approved a two-year freeze on the sale of AR-15 assault rifles on Saturday, but as to no surprise the measure was overturned 15 minutes after the vote.

4/5/2018

Illonois town votes to ban assault weapons and fine violatiors up to $1,000 per day.

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        Joshua Crowder 

        4 months ago from SE United States

        NY2Chicago I am totally for getting rid of alcohol. Maybe I haven't been saved by a gun, but.... I do feel that high powered rifles are really overkill. Do we need them.. no .... Do we need bump stocks.... no.. Do we need alcohol ..... nope. You do have to be 21 to purchase booze so do you have a problem raising the gun purchase age to 21? I think it was a good idea for my governor to start that conversation.

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        NY2Chicago 

        4 months ago from Chicago

        GUNS HAVE HELPED AMERICA THROUGHOUT IT'S HISTORY. WHEN THERE WAS NO REGISTRATION OR SINCE IT HAS BECOME LAW.

        ALWAYS DISCUSSED IS THE FIGURE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY GUNS. NOT DISCUSSED IS HOW MANY PEOPLES LIVES ARE SAVED BY GUNS. AN INDIVIDUAL MAY BE UNDER THE THREAT OF BEING SHOT, AND THEY MAY BE SAVED BY; HAVING A GUN, A FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, FAMILY MEMBER OR A MYRIAD OF INDIVIDUALS HAVING GUNS.

        MOST OF THOSE ADVOCATING GUN CONTROL, HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A SITUATION WERE A PERSON CARRYING A GUN SAVES THEIR LIVES. WHY NOT ASK THEM ABOUT GUN CONTROL? TODAY'S MEDIA WILL NOT TOUCH THIS SUBJECT.

        WHY NOT BRING BACK THE LAW OF NOT BEING ABLE TO CONSUME ALCOHOL. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVERS, WILL FALL EXPONENTIALLY.

        WE MUST ALLOW GUNS TO BE OBTAINED BY CITIZENS ONLY, AND THESE PEOPLE MUST BE VETTED TO A GREAT EXTENT. A YEARLY REVIEW OF THESE INDIVIDUALS, SHOULD BE PUT INTO LAW.

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        RTalloni 

        5 months ago from the short journey

        Your concerns are valid and particularly poignant in the face of the recent crime. I've been listening to the current voices of grief, some of the same old rhetoric, and wondering what would come of it all. My initial way of reflecting on the fall out of it is to look at it from as many perspectives as possible.

        I hear students shout things like "our generation will not allow this kind of violence to continue..." as if only their generation cares, as if older generations chose this for them, and as if it is not their generation committing these particular crimes.

        They seem to think that no other generation has faced criminal atrocities or terrorist activity that took the lives of family and friends. They seem to think that they should be the generation that gets to be immune to the horrors of life. They seem to have no knowledge of how others have suffered, thinking that only their suffering is legitimate.

        They seem naive, lacking an understanding of history, and unfamiliar with truth about all the ways humans can come up with to harm each other en masse. They have no clue that the majority of those defending the right to bear arms are also working to protect people from those who use guns for criminal activity, no care that the same cannot be said about those who drink alcohol and drive under its influence.

        Would these students be interested in the fact that around 90,000 (some stats say closer 100,000) Americans die from alcohol related deaths each year (compared to approximately 35,000 gun deaths per year, with the majority of those, sadly, being suicides) and that the alcohol statistics continue to rise dramatically across all socioeconomic lines?

        Are they interested in how alcohol increases aggressiveness in both non-gun owners and gun owners, or that more than 696,000 students are violently assaulted by other students due to alcohol use each year? Are these students calling for a ban on alcohol?

        Are these students being helped to understand the truth about gun ownership? Are they researching the facts around gun violence, such as where most gun related deaths are, who commits them, and why? Are they comparing the cause/effect of deaths by gun to deaths by alcohol? Do they know anything of the statistics relating gun deaths to other drug use?

        We have to ask why they are responding to this issue as if the criminals committing the crimes behave in reasonable, law abiding ways. Why are they not being taught the truth about all these issues? Why are they being encouraged to exacerbate their grief and ill-advisedly react to issues directly related to their cause?

        To be fair, it is understandable that grief stricken people cannot always think about facts and they sometimes can only focus on what might seem like a simple solution to a tragedy, unable to consider all angles of the issues at hand. They need real help and time to heal if they are to go forward in life.

        And, without a doubt, these crimes need to be addressed. The response to these crimes should be unequivocal. The penalty such a criminal receives should send such a warning to any considering a copy-cat crime that they would decide against doing it.

        Good leadership could help these students advocate for the swiftest severest sentences as they educate themselves about the facts of the issues connected to all sides of the issues. Doing so could lead them to advocate for other helpful solutions to the problems with crime that people have always faced.

        Instead, they are being encouraged to demand something they do not understand. It is incredibly sad that all they understand is that people have again died as a result of this sort of crime. It is even sadder that they are being limited by grief and fear and ignorance thanks to neglect or manipulation by people who could help them learn and grow.

        Of course, there is far more to the issue than this addresses, but at least this is a different view giving food for thought to any willing to consider the various dimensions of the topic.

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