Parkland Shooting and Gun LawsPosted March 2, 2018 in Firm News
Our hearts go out to the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, about 30 minutes from our Fort Lauderdale office. On a personal level, the mass shootings in Florida, whether at the airport, in Parkland or in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, touched a nerve and affected many of us in our offices throughout Florida. Some of us, like many of you, have close connections to, or know the victims or families of the victims, or simply have a student in the school system.
Whether you are a gun enthusiast or gun control advocate, we believe we can all agree that much has to be done to ensure the safety of the students going forward, from shoring up access to schools, to investigating and making changes to law enforcement protocols on how they and we respond to mass shooting calls.
At RTRLAW, we are all too aware of lapses in security, having handled many negligent security cases on behalf of innocent victims. When there is a breakdown in the system that has the duty to protect and serve our communities, we as citizens must act to ensure this never occurs again. While pursuing law enforcement and our leaders in a civil lawsuit may be uncomfortable, the process exposes weaknesses and leads to improvements and ultimately saves lives.
Those affected by the tragic events on Wednesday, February 14th have spoken out and taken personal action for stricter gun laws. There have been discussions across the country and on social media platforms about legislative solutions. Changes are happening at the state level with millions of dollars going into school safety upgrades. The Florida Senate passed a bill that will allow law enforcement to seize firearms in case of threats, as well as an amendment to create a program to offer voluntary firearms training to school staff. However, they voted down an amendment to ban assault weapons, as well as creating a firearms registry. On a local level, Coral Springs Mayor, Walter Campbell, is calling for a state constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons. On a national level, the push for new regulations has lost momentum but the survivors of the shooting have organized a planned demonstration scheduled on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States called the March for Our Lives to have their voices heard as an attempt to end this epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings.
Whatever side of the gun debate you are on, we believe we can all agree that there must be improvements to the current system.
We will continue to be in the forefront of the debate. Our hope is that we can continue to be a positive influence, whether through the court system, supporting protests or most importantly just doing the right thing for all.
What are your thoughts regarding the current gun debate in Florida, or in our country?