Giffords Responds to Longtime Gun Lobby Champion Rick Scott’s Run for Senate in Florida
Washington, DC – Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, responded to longtime gun lobby champion Rick Scott’s announcement that he’s running for a United State Senate seat in Florida. While Governor Scott has recently backed limited measures to prevent dangerous people from accessing guns, he has a long history of siding with the gun lobby over public safety.
Peter Ambler, Giffords Executive Director:
“2018 will be remembered as the year voters in Florida stood up and said ‘enough.’ In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School, Floridians stood with students and the Parkland community and began demanding that their politicians fulfill their basic responsibility to keep children and communities safe. They forced Governor Scott and a legislature that had complied with the gun lobby’s every wish to sign a new gun safety law that will save lives. But voters won’t soon forget that the bill Governor Scott signed is too little, too late.
“Under his watch, Florida experienced at least three mass shootings in just two years. After each one, the governor stood before the media to offer his thoughts and prayers, all the while rejecting the solutions that might have prevented the tragedies. And at the end of the day, Gov. Scott still stands with the gun lobby. That’s why the bill he signed into law would also bring more guns into our schools, an idea that parents, teachers, and students strongly oppose.
“Florida voters know we need courageous leaders in the United States Senate who are committed to addressing the nation’s gun violence crisis, not another politician that will serve as a rubber stamp on gun lobby policies. We stand ready to make sure Rick Scott’s record of failing Floridians on safety won’t be forgotten when voters head to the polls in November.”
Throughout his career as Governor, Rick Scott has a long history of standing with the gun lobby, including by:
After the Parkland shooting, Giffords released a six-figure television ad calling out Florida Governor Rick Scott for repeatedly siding with the gun lobby over public safety. In particular, the ad points out that the Governor signed a bill into law that levied penalties against doctors for discussing gun safety with patients. In February 2017, the law was struck down by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Physicians’ right to speak freely with patients about gun safety is a necessary element of providing good healthcare, especially when patients demonstrate a higher risk of suicide or live in homes with children.
Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.