FDP Responds to the Horrific Shooting in Parkland

Today, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo released the following statement:

“It is a painful to again have to say the words mass shooting and Florida in the same sentence. There are no words to describe the immense heartache the students, parents, staff, emergency responders and community must be feeling right now. Our hearts are breaking. Our prayers and thoughts are with Parkland tonight.”

Democrats of Indian River Favor Common Sense Gun Control

The Democratic Executive Chair from Indian River noted, “Once again we are faced with a senseless tragedy targeted at our young people in our own backyard.  When will legislators finally understand the need for common sense gun control in Florida and the nation, as a whole?”

The Democrats of Indian River passed a resolution supporting common sense gun control in October 2017.   The resolution is as pertinent today as it was after the Las Vegas massacre.

Resolution of the Democratic Executive Committee of Indian River County Florida

Supporting Common Sense Gun Control

WHEREAS, although the right of the people to bear arms under the Second Amendment is unquestioned, it is also subject to reasonable regulation through appropriate legislation to protect public safety; and

WHEREAS, this committee believes that it is irresponsible for legislators not to take reasonable action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that uniquely afflicts our nation on a regular basis, including:  the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, in Las Vegas, NV; the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, FL; and the 2012 mass shooting of children on at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown CT; and

WHEREAS, these shootings are emblematic of the types of gun violence that could be stopped or at least lessened if certain actions were taken by our state and federal legislators;


SECTION 1 The Democratic Executive Committee of Indian River County is committed to the long-term goal of reducing gun violence.

SECTION 2. The Democratic Executive Committee of Indian River County does hereby support both federal and state legislative initiatives to:

  1. Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons; armor-piercing ammunition; high-capacity magazines or clips that can hold more than 10 bullets at a time; and sale of products intended to allow the conversion of guns to fully automatic functionality, such as bump stocks; and,
  2.  Require all firearms buyers to be properly trained and to pass a stringent background check, regardless of how, where and from whom the weapon is purchased; and,
  3. Rescind all existing restrictions on the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms from using electronic means for record keeping relating to firearms and fully fund such functions; and
  4. Keeping in mind the need to balance patient rights and public safety, save harmless health care professionals from liability if they choose to report to the government the identity of a patient whom the professional has concluded may pose a danger to themselves or others.