Mayfield and Grall Turn a Blind Eye on Citizen Requests for Gun Safety
Last year, Lanie Frame, President of the Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River County, called on Senator Debbie Mayfield and Representative Erin Grall to support and vote for common sense gun control when she testified before the Indian River Legislative Delegation Session on November 29, 2017. The event was held at the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners chambers.
Frame presented a Common Sense Gun Control Resolution passed by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida in 2016.
Frame referred to the many horrific mass murders of Americans by pre-meditated killers using automatic or semi-automatic assault weapons stating that,
“Gun violence has become an epidemic in our country, with mass murders defining so many American sites . . .We can no longer continue to ignore gun safety issues.”
Mayfield and Grall listened without one comment or indication that they would take action.
Fast forward a few months later and even more carnage has been wreaked at the hands of shooters with assault weapons. Most recently, high school youth in Broward County, Florida, were massacred in their school. These children were killed right in our own backyard.
Still, Mayfield and Grall — with their A+ NRA Ratings — are not taking any action to keep our children and fellow citizens safe from gun violence.
The Democrats of Indian River call on our legislators to listen to their constituents and support sensible gun reform. Our lives may depend on it.
The DWCF resolution can be found below:
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL
WHEREAS, the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the LGBT Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, partially due to lax gun laws that permit the purchase and ownership of automatic assault weapons, the purpose of which is to kill many people quickly;
WHEREAS, the shooter was known to the FBI and could have been stopped if there were more stringent universal background checks and watch list tracking of dangerous persons to include terrorist suspects with state-to-state and federal-to-state database information sharing, using a 10-day wait period to complete the sale of weapons;
WHEREAS, the shooter was a domestic violence offender and Florida law does not ban the sale and ownership of weapons and ammunitions to domestic violence offenders and those with mental health concerns;
WHEREAS, there are inconsistencies in the sale of guns and ammunition at gun shows and gun stores concerning licensing and ownership;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida demands that state legislators create a task force on gun violence research and implement immediate legislation for common sense gun safety to prevent future mass shootings and harmful gun incidents, and that such legislation protects the public while preserving individual rights;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida urges that legislation includes a ban on the purchase and use of automatic weapons, measures for mandatory training and licensing, bans on the sale of guns to domestic violence offenders, and elimination of the gun show loophole.