During the 2016 Presidential election, the issue of gun control was at the forefront of almost every political discussion. In Florida, the Pulse night club shooting elevated the conversation to the election stage, and with it came the argument that there should be stricter gun control laws enacted in order to ensure that horrific shootings like that do not happen again.
Though the legislative session in Tallahassee ended and no major gun rights expansions were passed, gun control measures continue to be divisive in the state of Florida and nationally as well.
Peter Ambler, the executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, commented on the issue by explaining that “What happened in Florida this legislative session is evidence that positive results can be achieved when concerned citizens come together and demand that their lawmakers take action to protect our communities.”
In response, Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the United Sportsmen of Florida and for the NRA, emailed supporters on Wednesday, explaining that gun control measures weren’t even on the table for discussion. In addition, she elaborated that “Regardless of who defeated what, we’d say it was a great session for protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” She also added that “the ‘victories’ claimed by . . . anti-gun groups will be short lived because bills to restore Second Amendment rights to law-abiding people will be back … until they pass.”
The Fort Lauderdale airport shooting also added fire to the flame of the discussion, but gun rights supporters are determined to continue arguing that stricter gun laws only disarms law abiding citizens. In turn, it places all Americans in danger because laws don’t stop criminals from breaking the law.