David Jolly, a former Republican U.S. Representative for Florida’s 13th congressional district, is breaking with the GOP and arguing that making assault weapons accessible to the average citizen should be made “functionally obsolete.” Though he does admit that a ban is not possible in Washington at this time, he does explain that lawmakers should “make the requirements to get an assault weapon as hard as it is to get a security clearance in this White House.”He continued by explaining that it “would be a yearlong process,” and that it would allow the authorities to become educated enough on the person’s background that would include training that would only help to make the best trained people to handle said weapons.
Jolly’s comments come at a time when Florida Governor Rick Scott released a proposal to help prevent future attacks like the Parkland shooting last week from happening. His measures include a call for $500 million dollars to be allocated for initiatives tackling mental health and school safety.
Patrick Murphy, former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 18th congressional district, voiced his own opinion alongside Jolly at a Café Con Tampa event, and he commented that “if you need 50 rounds to kill a deer, you need a new sport.”
He also praised the students that have been protesting for stricter gun laws by explaining that what’s needed is “to get involved, to knock on doors, to get out there to vote, or at least get others to vote. That’s a powerful thing. Politicians, by and large, will care more about that than the money, or anything else, if they see that as a sustaining movement, it can’t be one week, two weeks and done.”