gun control http://wlrn.org en From Kendall To West Palm Beach, Bearing Arms Is More Than Just A Right http://wlrn.org/post/kendall-west-palm-beach-bearing-arms-more-just-right <p>Gary Brill is a member of both the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Practical Shooting Association. He's been shooting for almost 30 years, taking part in local competitions, buying his own targets and even making his own bullets at home. You could say he is a firearms fanatic.<br /><br />"The old saying, 'If you ask how many guns someone has, it’s between more than one and not enough.' So I have more than one and not enough," he says. "A lot of different types: handguns, pistols, semi-automatic, rifles, shotguns."</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rachel Morello 22993 at http://wlrn.org From Kendall To West Palm Beach, Bearing Arms Is More Than Just A Right No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. http://wlrn.org/post/no-more-guns-neighborhood-watch-sanford-fla The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148905681" target="_blank">killed teenager Trayvon Martin</a> in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," <a href="http://www.wmfe.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15204&news_iv_ctrl=1041" target="_blank">our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report</a>.<p>The station reminds us that "Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspe Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22961 at http://wlrn.org No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. How The NRA's Role In Florida Extends Way Beyond Gun Lobbying http://wlrn.org/post/how-nras-role-florida-extends-way-beyond-gun-lobbying <p></p><p>The National Rifle Association has helped shape Florida gun policy for a long time, most visibly by helping to craft the state's now famous Stand Your Ground law.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:56:35 +0000 Jordan Michael 22291 at http://wlrn.org How The NRA's Role In Florida Extends Way Beyond Gun Lobbying Q&A: An Interview With Florida Gun Lobbyist Marion Hammer http://wlrn.org/post/qa-interview-florida-gun-lobbyist-marion-hammer <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">Marion Hammer is one of Florida&#39;s most-influential lobbyists. She served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1995 to 1998, is a member of the NRA board and has been the executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state&#39;s NRA affiliate, since 1976.</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:44:33 +0000 Margie Menzel & News Service Of Florida 17813 at http://wlrn.org Q&A: An Interview With Florida Gun Lobbyist Marion Hammer What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools http://wlrn.org/post/what-departure-education-chief-tony-bennett-means-florida-schools <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup: Our state's leadership goes through more upheaval, this time with the resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. He will be the fifth education head (including interims) to depart in the 31 months since Governor Rick Scott took office.</p><p>Why has there been so much turnover? What impact does the latest change have on students and teachers?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 18395 at http://wlrn.org What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools Clock Ticking For Governor To Veto Mental Health Gun Bill http://wlrn.org/post/clock-ticking-governor-veto-mental-health-gun-bill <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#000000"><font>The</font><font style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"> only gun control measure passed by the Florida Legislature this year is finally on Gov. Rick Scott's desk.</font></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><font style="font-size: 11pt"><a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/1355" target="_blank">It puts people who are committed for mental health treatment on a list </a>that prevents them from being able to buy a gun.</font></font></font></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:26:45 +0000 Gina Jordan 16169 at http://wlrn.org Clock Ticking For Governor To Veto Mental Health Gun Bill Why A New Gun Bill Ticks Off Mental Health Advocates http://wlrn.org/post/why-new-gun-bill-ticks-mental-health-advocates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Legislature passed a gun control measure this year that would prevent more people with mental illness from buying guns.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It essentially <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=50732" target="_blank">closes a loophole that enables people who seek mental health treatment to buy guns</a>.</p><p>The bipartisan bill even got strong support from the National Rifle Association.</p><p>But some critics think it may do more harm than good.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 14866 at http://wlrn.org Why A New Gun Bill Ticks Off Mental Health Advocates Sandy Hook Made All Schools Feel Unsafe, But Arming Teachers Isn’t The Answer, Mom Says http://wlrn.org/post/sandy-hook-made-all-schools-feel-unsafe-arming-teachers-isn-t-answer-mom-says <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.1500000000000001; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 10pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Dee Trillo 12460 at http://wlrn.org Sandy Hook Made All Schools Feel Unsafe, But Arming Teachers Isn’t The Answer, Mom Says Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe http://wlrn.org/post/retired-teacher-says-armed-educators-will-keep-children-safe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When a mentally ill person entered a Connecticut school and slaughtered children and teachers, it was the last straw for some people. In this ultra liberal, politically correct climate in which we find ourselves today, the immediate outcry was to ban this and ban that. The very thought that teachers should not have the right to defend themselves and their pupils is laughable.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Evelyn Stahl 12263 at http://wlrn.org Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe Wasserman-Schultz: GOP Faces Consequences After Gun Vote http://wlrn.org/post/wasserman-schultz-gop-face-consequences-after-gun-vote <p></p><div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">It's been a busy week in Washington, D.C.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As lawmakers react to the Boston Marathon bombings,&nbsp;parts of the Capitol had to be&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">evacuated after suspicious letters&nbsp;addressed to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and President Barack&nbsp;Obama&nbsp;were intercepted at mail screening facilities.</span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:24:01 +0000 Phil Latzman 12654 at http://wlrn.org Wasserman-Schultz: GOP Faces Consequences After Gun Vote Hospital Gun Scare Taught Doctor About Need To Be Armed http://wlrn.org/post/hospital-gun-scare-taught-doctor-about-need-be-armed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the mid </span>‘70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I had recently left the Army and started working as an emergency physician at a hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. It was a Wednesday, church night, and I was working the evening shift.</span></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Gerald Kratz 12140 at http://wlrn.org Hospital Gun Scare Taught Doctor About Need To Be Armed One Man's Gun Control Timeline: Riots, Hurricane Wilma, And A Late-Night Visitor http://wlrn.org/post/one-mans-gun-control-timeline-riots-hurricane-wilma-and-late-night-visitor <p></p><p>1969.&nbsp; Seventh grade.&nbsp; School trip to an amusement park.&nbsp; While sitting with a friend in a shaded and secluded spot, I was surrounded by 5 or 6 kids who demanded our ride tickets.&nbsp; When I stood to my 6-foot-2-inch frame and invited them to try and take my tickets, they decided to pick on someone else.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1975.&nbsp; A high-school football linebacker decided to test the band major in the boys’ locker room.&nbsp; Football linebacker had a sore nose.&nbsp; Band major was unscathed.</span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Kevin C Gleason 12031 at http://wlrn.org One Man's Gun Control Timeline: Riots, Hurricane Wilma, And A Late-Night Visitor A Victim Of Gun Violence On Gun Control http://wlrn.org/post/victim-gun-violence-gun-control <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On June 22, 2004 I was <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/25/nyregion/man-is-shot-at-entrance-of-a-subway-in-queens.html" target="_blank">shot point blank with a .45-caliber gun</a> as I entered a subway station in Astoria Queens. The bullet entered my back and rattled around, destroying my hip. It had just enough inertia to come to a stop after puncturing the femoral artery. Nobody was ever prosecuted for my shooting. Meanwhile, I suffered for six years before being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:02:09 +0000 David C. Hart 10871 at http://wlrn.org A Victim Of Gun Violence On Gun Control Newtown, Columbine...How Does This Keep Happening? http://wlrn.org/post/newtown-columbinehow-does-keep-happening <P><EM><A href="http://youtu.be/XIeV0Ybrr-8">http://youtu.be/XIeV0Ybrr-8</A></EM></P> <P>All over America, tragic incidents like the one in Newtown, Connecticut keep occurring.&nbsp; Why is that?&nbsp; Tonight at 8pm, learn whether science can help us understand why some people commit horrific acts of mass murder on "<EM>Nova: Inside the Mind of a Rampage Killer</EM>" followed by "<EM>The Path to Violence</EM>" and "<EM>Guns in America."&nbsp; </EM></P> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:46:41 +0000 James March 11072 at http://wlrn.org Stand Your Ground Panel Recommends Keeping Law Mostly As Is http://wlrn.org/post/stand-your-ground-panel-recommends-keeping-law-mostly <p><em>for News Service of Florida</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The panel charged by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state's 'stand your ground' self-defense law did not recommend any major changes to the statute, although it did make suggestions for tweaks by the Legislature in the upcoming session.&nbsp; The basic premise of the law isn't challenged in the final report released Friday. Scott's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection included lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of minority communities and law enforcement.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Margie Menzel 9935 at http://wlrn.org Stand Your Ground Panel Recommends Keeping Law Mostly As Is