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
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
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 protected]
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.
In the wake of yet another horrific massacre in our state and as students’ outraged voices join the growing cry demanding action, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida are holding a Rally To Support Gun Safety Reform at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 on the steps of the Historic Florida Capitol.
For the past two legislative sessions, the Coalition and League have supported a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Sen. Linda Stewart have introduced bills calling for these bans, but neither have been placed on their legislative committees’ agenda to be heard.
At Wednesday’s rally, dozens of students, many who have spoken passionately and eloquently in recent days, will lead the charge for meaningful change. Afterward, petitions that contain thousands of signatures calling for the assault weapon and large-capacity magazine bans will be delivered to Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
“We demand these bills be heard – and passed,” said Patricia Brigham, Coalition co-chair and 1st vice president of the state League. “What possible argument can be made that legislation designed to loosen gun laws get a full airing year after year, while smart gun safety bills languish? Our legislators are literally allowing our residents – our children – to be slaughtered.”
The fact that the 19-year-old who killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week legally bought the AR-15 rifle he used for the premeditated murders should be catalyst enough to move our legislators to action.
“After the latest horrific tragedy in Parkland, Gov. Scott and the Florida Legislature must act now to ban military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines,” said Andy Pelosi, co-chair of the Coalition and director of The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. “Our students and staff need to know that they are safe. The time for action is now.”
The rally will include a number of speakers, including students, Sen. Gary Farmer, Rep. Smith, Angie Gallo of Florida PTA, Brigham, and the Rev. Joe Parramore.
The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence was created by the League of Women Voters of Florida after the Pulse shooting to promote smart gun legislation. It has grown to include more than 120 local, state, and national organizations and includes such diverse groups as the Hispanic Federation, the Florida PTA, Equality Florida, the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, and Doctors for America.