We must respect and care for our Seniors. After Hurricane Irma, nursing home residents got national attention after deaths due to high heat and A/C failures. Florida has the largest elderly population by State but there’s more concern about the nursing care industry’s bottom line than the health and safety of our Seniors. Our legislative history since 2010 has resulted in:
- Lowered punitive damages
- Reduced staffing levels
- Less restrictive safety requirements
- Less accountability
Hurricane Preparedness and Evacuation
6.3 Million residents were asked to evacuate due to Irma, but there was no preparation that insured evacuees had sufficient gas to reach their destination. I am not the only evacuee who recalls our Governor refused federal help/our tax dollars for high speed rail. For those that required shelter there was insufficiency – 5 hours in line was common.
At special needs shelters, clients were dropped off without their caregivers. Our county managed well under the strained circumstances, but these are State responsibilities. How long were you without power? And why are our utility lines still not buried?
We have a State population of 13 million voters and 2 million have concealed carry permits. Florida is called the “gunshine” state, has an F rating for gun safety, and is considered a laboratory for NRA priorities like “Stand Your Ground” and a recent idea: “Open Carry while Bird Watching.”
My opponent – his NRA grade is 93% – voted NO to even opening discussion and debate in the FL House about assault weapons … in front of Parkland Survivors who were sitting in the gallery.
In 2017 he voted for weakening waiting periods, allowing guns in religious schools and allowing open carry for lawmakers – all 3 bills passed in the House but not in the Senate. After dying in the Senate, in 2018 my opponent re-introduced HB 39 in the House that would minimize penalties for displaying guns in public – it died on the calendar.
I do not oppose gun ownership, but I am very concerned about public safety and the escalation of violence we are seeing in Florida and therefore support regulation in the form of:
- Universal background checks
- Eliminating private sales
- Military grade weapons, like assault rifles, should not be in the hands of the public
- Banning large capacity magazines
- Restoring cuts to concealed carry permit fees
- Increase training/education requirements for concealed carry permits
- Repeal “Stand Your Ground”
- Remove guns from those who could harm themselves or others as identified by police, mental health professionals and family members