While many in Tallahassee and Washington have failed to keep us safe, students, teachers and families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed, refuse to do nothing –– and they will triumph.
Inspiring us with their energy, bravery and passion, our new “Greatest Generation” is speaking truth to power. The only question is: How long will it take for our leaders to listen?
On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott and Legislature made clear where their allegiances lie — with the state’s powerful NRA lobby, not with the majority of Floridians. While current proposals for funding school security, mental health counseling, and law enforcement are commendable steps in the right direction, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: We must get assault rifles off the streets and away from our schools. Permanently.
Children’s safety is more valuable than the right of any one person to own a weapon of war.
When the Legislature reconvenes on Monday, they will be greeted by thousands of Floridians, including myself, traveling to the Capitol from Miami to the Panhandle, demanding meaningful and immediate reform.
This is our chance to pass needed reforms this year — and if Tallahassee won’t do it, then we will.
As a gun owner, I want Florida to have not the weakest gun laws in the nation, but the safest. All those who don’t listen to the survivors of Stoneman Douglas will be replaced by leaders who will.
Philip Levine, candidate for Florida governor and former mayor, Miami Beach