The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida will begin producing a series of videos this week to fight a proposed bill by the state Senate that seeks to allow the arming of school teachers and staff. [Read more…] about Coalition Announces Series of Videos on Dangers of Arming Teachers
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Today we reflect on the one year mark of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, where a gunman equipped with a military-style assault rifle, high capacity magazines, and other weapons took the lives of 17 individuals and injured another 17. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence issued this statement in connection with the one year mark: [Read more…] about Coalition Statement Marking One Year Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting
On the eve of the 6th year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, where a gunman equipped with a military-style assault rifle and other weapons took the lives of 20 first grade children and six educational professionals, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Safety Commission (MSD Safety Commission) released its school safety recommendations calling for the arming of teachers. In response to the MSD Safety Commission Report, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence issued this statement: [Read more…] about Coalition Responds in Opposition to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Safety Commission Vote to Arm Teachers
In the aftermath of last night’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, which left at least twelve people dead including a deputy sheriff, and many more people injured, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence issued the following statement: [Read more…] about Coalition Responds to Mass Shooting at California Night Club
Broad Coalition of Organizations Call on Florida Joint Legislative
Budget Commission to Re-Allocate Unused Funds from Coach
Aaron Feis Guardian Program to Hire School Resource Officers
In light of recent information that $58 million dollars remains in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program fund that will go unused if not reallocated, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and education partners call on the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to agree to disburse these funds for districts to hire School Resource Officers (SROs) when they meet on September 14th. [Read more…] about Coalition urges unused funds be used for hiring SROs
In response to reports on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering allowing federal funding to be used to purchase guns for teachers, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence strongly opposes this dangerous and misguided proposal. [Read more…] about Coalition Responds to Sec. DeVos Considering Arming Teachers
Activists highlight gun safety, LGBTQ+ equality, and
survivor resources in wake of political inaction
Pulse and Parkland survivors will join with grassroots organizations, community and faith leaders, and Orlando March For Our Lives students to demand action from political leaders to end the epidemic of gun violence, reject NRA influence, and address the forgotten needs of the community two years after a horrific mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub on Latin Night in Orlando left 49 people dead.
612 days passed between Pulse and Parkland while Governor Rick Scott did nothing to reduce gun violence. His promise to take executive action to protect LGBTQ+ state workers from discrimination was broken and mental health funding for Central Florida was slashed.
Two years later, we renew our calls to #HonorThemWithAction through advocacy and political activism to ensure all communities, including the most marginalized, are kept safe from gun violence and that the memories of those taken by the epidemic of gun violence are never forgotten.
WHO: Rally Organizer: Brandon Wolf, Pulse survivor, No NRA Money national spokesperson
The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus, Equality Florida, Faith In Public Life, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Florida PTA, Gays Against Guns, March for Our Lives Orlando, Moms Demand Action, No NRA Money, QLatinx
Speakers to include:
Brandon Wolf, Pulse Survivor and No NRA Money Spokesperson
Aly Justice, M4OL – Orlando
Maria and Fred Wright, Parents of Pulse Victim Jerald Wright
Daniel Duff, Parkland Survivor, M4OL
Diego Pfeiffer, Parkland Survivor, M4OL
Ishmael K. Perez, QLatinx
Terri Steed, Joy Metropolitan Community Church
WHEN: Monday, June 11th 6:00PM – 7:30PM
WHERE: Orlando City Hall
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP to email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS: #forthe49, #honorthemwithaction, #noNRAmoney
- We do not support a three-day waiting period before someone can purchase a semiautomatic assault rifle.
- We do not believe raising the age for buying a semiautomatic assault rifle from 18 to 21 years of age goes far enough.
- We ask that our Legislature expand the scope of background checks to include private sales.
- We support removing weapons from domestic violence abusers and banning those with restraining orders from purchasing a firearm.
- We are strongly opposed to any arming of teachers. They do not have the tactical training to respond to an active shooter, nor should they be expected to undergo such training. We applaud Gov. Scott for taking this position as well.