Forty-nine people died at the hands of a shooter armed with assault weapons inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. Six months later, another mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport claimed five lives. Then we witnessed the horror of Parkland, where a teenage gunman with an AR-15 killed 17 students and teachers during six minutes of terror.
I believe the time to act on sensible gun legislation in Florida is now, and I stand with the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in demanding stricter gun laws. While I recognize that this is a complex issue with no easy solution, I contend that mitigating harm — by preventing the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons, bump stocks, and large-capacity magazines — is a necessary first step. I believe in universal background checks and in closing the gun show loophole that excludes private dealers from regulations licensed firearms dealers currently adhere to. I also fully support a buyback of weapons already in circulation. I pledge to never accept money from the National Rifle Association. I am also opposed to concealed weapons on college campuses.