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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The governor of Florida can have his purpose wrong

Por sumily

The attack on Valentine's Day in Parkland, an affluent and peaceful suburb of Fort Lauderdale, is at least the third mass shooting in Florida during the tenure of Scott, who regularly says that violent crimes in Florida are at their lowest point in 45 years. After the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead in June 2016, Scott's solution was to hire 47 more anti-terrorism experts. However, the laws on weapons did not change. Nothing substantial changed after five people died at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport more than a year ago.

The pressure on Scott could intensify soon. About 100 determined Stoneman Douglas students will arrive at the Florida Capitol this week with their message of change. The League of Women Voters, Equality Florida, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Violence with weapons and other groups held a rally in the historic Old Capitol on Wednesday, demanding broader restrictions on weapons that admits Scott.

Gov. Rick Scott has become a favorite with gun promoters in Florida for the past seven years by lifting restrictions on guns, preventing doctors from asking patients about their weapons, opposing background checks more and reducing the cost of obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Scott expanded a self-defense law known as "stand your ground" and allowed people without licenses to carry concealed weapons to carry them for 48 hours in emergency cases such as hurricane evacuations. The National Rifle Association (NRA) returned the favor with its highest praise, giving it an A + rating, as the NRA flooded Florida homes with millions of advertisements to help Scott win re-election four years ago. Governor Scott has stood firm to protect the legitimate rights of self-defense. This choice is our chance to make sure it continues to be that way.

But after one of the worst school shootings in US history, Florida is now at the center of an intense national debate over guns, and Scott faces accusations that his pro-gun policies helped allow the horror of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, in Parkland, which cut the lives of 14 students and three teaching workers.

Scott has always opposed longer waiting periods for arms purchases, but even Republicans were shocked to learn that 19-year-old killer Nikolas Cruz legally bought a semiautomatic assault rifle, although he has not yet old enough to buy a beer. Former Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted that 18-year-olds should not be allowed to buy semiautomatic weapons, but Scott has remained silent on the subject.

Suddenly, the A + rating of the NRA is seen as a possible drag on Scott's expected career to the US Senate. One day after the massacre, Scott stood with Broward Police Chief Scott Israel and other community leaders and promised a "real conversation" about school safety, as well as meetings with state and local leaders. But when CNN invited Scott to appear in the Sunrise municipality on Wednesday, he said no. According to his office, with three weeks of legislative session, Scott is busy meeting with state leaders to work on ways to keep Florida students safe, including improving school safety and keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental diseases.