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Rick Scott Called Out For “Woefully Inadequate” Gun Safety Proposal


Rick Scott Called Out For “Woefully Inadequate” Gun Safety Proposal

Fox News grills Scott for failing to listen to the Parkland students’ call to ban assault weapons, long record of opposing gun safety measures



Tallahassee, Fl. – This weekend Fox News confronted Rick Scott with the same question that’s being raised by gun safety advocates and Floridians across the state: "One of the things you're not doing that many of the Parkland Students want that you are not doing is banning assault weapons, why not?" Watch it here.


During the same interview, Fox News grilled Scott on his long record opposing common sense gun safety measures, highlighting how he signed a law prohibiting doctors from discussing guns with their patients, his failure to take significant action after the Pulse tragedy and asking Scott “were you wrong back then?” Watch it here.


Scott’s self-serving politics earned him “Loser Of The Week” from the Tampa Bay Times – as gun safety advocates, Parkland students and Floridians state his proposals are “woefully inadequate” and “skirt the main problem.” As a reminder, here’s what they’re saying:


From The Wall Street Journal: “Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, called Mr. Scott’s proposals ‘woefully inadequate.’”


From WMNF: “Gun safety advocates slam most plans by Rick Scott & Florida Legislature.”


From The Tallahassee Democrat, Patricia Brigham, co-chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence:


"The ban on assault weapons was the No. 1 message coming from the students that traveled to Tallahassee and have been speaking consistently with courage, with passion and with a fierceness on that issue that issue along has seemingly fallen on deaf ears."


"Raising the age limit does nothing to resolve this issue. There are numerous mass shooters who have been over age 21. For example, the Pulse nightclub shooter was 29. The Sutherland Springs church shooter was 26. And in San Bernardino, the shooter's age, 28 and 27. So we should not be focused on age restrictions. We should be pursuing an outright ban as the root of this issue. once we accomplish this ban, age restrictions, we believe, are immaterial."


From The Sun SentinelEditorial: Gov. Rick Scott, President Trump wrong on shooting responses. “After Sandy Hook, Pulse, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting or any other mass shooting, Scott did nothing on guns or school safety. Now he faces a likely Senate campaign and an angry electorate. His responses...skirt the main problem. And in November, an angry electorate will remember.”


And here’s what the Parkland Students are saying – a clear call for restrictions on weapons of war that Scott and Republicans in Tallahassee are refusing to address: 


@CameronKasky  "@FLGovScott Thinkin’ about u #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives"


@Davidhogg111  "If @FLGovScott runs for senate would you vote for him considering he didn't show up last night? #neveragain" 

YES: 7%

NO: 93%


@CameronKasky "@FLGovScott don’t think you can avoid the issue. Don’t think you can avoid #NEVERAGAIN and the #MarchForOurLives Hide behind your money but know that we are demanding answers and change NOW. We’ll get both."


@Aly_Sheehy "How about something even crazier, let’s ban assault weapons. Idk tho, it’s just a thought."


@Emma4Change "A gentle reminder that all we are aiming for here is stricter gun laws that make it harder for people to get guns (because it shouldn't be easier than getting a drivers license) and the removal of Military Grade Weapons from Civilian Society. #BanAssaultRifles #GunContolNow"