The LWV Gun Safety committee is working with the LWV state effort to defeat bills that would bring more guns into our lives. With over 33,000 gun deaths a year, the U.S. has a major health crisis.
- To educate the general public and lobby our state representatives about the severity of the problem and
- To lend LWV support to some common sense legislation to create responsible gun ownership.
Co-Chairs: Geoff Kashdan (561-329-3461, email@example.com)
Betsy Pickup (561-395-4646, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meetings: The committee meets once a month at a local restaurant for a “power lunch” on a date convenient to most members. See League Calendar or contact Geoff for time, date and location of the next meeting.…Read more →
By Geoff Kashdan
There are so many gun-related issues that those who support gun “rights” and those who support gun regulations can have understandable disagreements. But one issue, guns and kids, is different. Most of the tropes presented by “gun rights” advocates supporting the reduction of gun regulation laws fall apart when considering the carnage on the young ages 2-24, especially children under 14 years of age. Consider what some experts have stated:
- “In 2008-2009 the number of preschoolers killed in gun incidents was nearly double the number of police killed in the same time period.” (Children Defense Fund. 2012).
- “In 2010 gun related injuries accounted for 6,570 deaths of children and young people (1-24 years of age). That includes 7 deaths per day among people
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GUNS AND KIDS: PREVENTING TRAGEDIES
By Geoff Kashdan,Co-Chair of the LWVPBC Gun Safety Committee
It is estimated that there is almost one gun for every person living in the United States. Now consider that there are about 330,000,000 citizens in our country and you have an astounding fact: there are significantly more than 300 million guns in private hands in the U.S.A.! This abundance of guns has the tragic effect of an abundance of gun fatalities – 90 per day, more than 33,000 each year! No other country on the planet has statistics like these, gun ownership and gun fatalities per 100,000. And these statistics do not encompass the problem because they do not include the even larger number of people who are injured by the discharge of …Read more →
Thomas Gabor: Civilians carrying guns rarely thwart shooters
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at 2:00 AM
By Thomas Gabor Special to The Sun- reprinted
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Last June, the worst mass shooting (49 dead, 53 wounded) in American history occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. On Jan. 6, a shooter opened fire at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, killing five and injuring six people. Elsewhere, such incidents have been met with outrage and a widespread demand for tougher gun laws and vetting of gun owners. In Florida, these mass killings have increased the resolve of legislators who, as illogical as it sounds, believe that gun violence is most effectively countered by more guns and less regulation. The fact that the airport shooting occurred at a point of entry for …Read more →
Expanding gun rights won’t save us from more mass shootings | Opinion
- By Thomas Gabor, Tampa Bay Times (re-printed)
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As Florida experiences its second public mass shooting since last June — this time at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — state legislators have introduced bills that would substantially expand the rights of gun owners. The most comprehensive bill (SB 140) has been filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota). His bill would allow concealed weapon license holders to carry handguns, openly if desired, into colleges and universities, public schools, airport terminals, government meetings, and career centers.
Following the airport shooting, Steube doubled down on his view that license holders ought to bring guns into venues like airports, claiming that gun-free …Read more →
Column: Florida should not loosen gun laws
- By Thomas Gabor and Patricia Brigham, special to the Tampa Bay Times (re-printed)
As Florida experiences another mass shooting — this time at Fort Lauderdale’s airport — state legislators have introduced bills that would allow concealed weapon license-holders to carry handguns, both openly and concealed, into colleges and universities, public schools, local government meetings, airport terminals and legislative chambers. Supporters of these bills explain that these expansions of gun rights will be limited to individuals trained and licensed to carry firearms, and that the measures will enhance public safety.
We should not be reassured.
The evidence is growing that expanding the right to carry will compromise rather than enhance public safety. Stanford University …Read more →
SUGGESTED ACTIONS FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP
LWVPBC GUN SAFETY COMMITTEE INFORMATION FOR SPEAKERS
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1. When children gain access to firearms the adult owner of the guns should face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and when children kill someone with the unsecured loaded gun, the adult owner of that gun should face charges of negligent homicide.
2. Congress should mandate and fund the Center for Disease Control to study the problem of gun deaths in the U.S.A. as a Public Health issue and seek paths for remedial action.
3. Physicians should be allowed to broach the topic of gun safety in families in their practices , especially when there are conditions in the family in which access to firearms would create considerable risk to the …
TERMS USED IN GUN SAFETY DISCUSSIONS
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1. MAY ISSUE – authorities may issue a permit if a citizen meets certain criteria.
2. SHALL ISSUE – requires a license, after meeting specific criteria, to carry a concealed handgun but the granting authority has no discretion in the awarding or withholding of that license once basic criteria are met. There is also no need to demonstrate “good cause”. (Florida)
3. NO-ISSUE – no provision in a state’s law which allows a citizen to carry a concealed handgun and the state will not honor a license or permit from another state. (Illinois, Wisconsin and D.C.)
4. UNRESTRICTED- no license is required to carry a concealed handgun. (Alaska, Arizona, Vermont)
5. CASTLE DOCTRINE – common-law principle that one is not required to …
2016 FLORIDA GUN LAWS
1. Florida is a “shall issue state-granting authority” has no discretion in whether or not to issue a license once limited criteria are met.Read more →
3. FL recognizes licenses from other states (which have mutual recognition agreement} provided the non-resident person is at least 21 years of age (unless that person is a veteran or a member of the armed forces).
4. Convicted felons have few rights to gun possession.
5. There is no state requirement to have a license prior to purchase of any gun.
6. It is a felony under FL law to create, maintain or publish any list, record or registry of legally owned firearms of law-abiding firearm owners.
7. No license or registration of guns is required for gun ownership.