GOP Senate candidates from Florida, please say something (anything) on gun violence
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San Bernardino shooting LA times

After two assailants opened fire Wednesday on a holiday party in San Bernardino, leaving 14 people dead and 21 wounded, public outrage over gun violence is reaching a fevered pitch across the country.

For many, silence is no longer an unacceptable option – irrespective of political party affiliation.

Americans are starting to demand accountability, not only for the shootings in Colorado Springs and the latest one in California, but also for a seemingly intractable nationwide problem of gun violence.

In the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, three Republican candidates – Congressmen Ron DeSantis and David Jolly, and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera – have yet to comment publicly (at least on their respective campaign websites) on any of the recent shootings.

This simply cannot continue.

Although there is always a proper time and place for reasoned discourse on guns and gun ownership in the United States, the national conversation must begin somewhere. And if Republicans fail to become part of the solution – by taking hold of the issue, regardless of their position – they run a substantial risk of being viewed by voters as part of the problem.

No campaign wants to be hung with the label “part of the problem,” few can survive it.

Florida, with some of the highest gun ownership rates in the country, needs leadership on the proper place for guns in our society. Guns, for better or worse, are part of our history and our culture.

Like it or not, they have now become one of the pressing issues facing our country.

San Bernardino could provide a golden opportunity for either Jolly, DeSantis or Lopez-Cantera to embrace the topic and give Floridians the comfort and support they need – by speaking out through the silence. Nothing wins elections like taking a principled stand on an issue, and sticking by your guns (all irony intended).

Nobody is asking our legislators for an immediate answer to gun violence – it will never be solved overnight – but the longer a candidate or elected official waits to address the situation, the less likely a true, long-lasting solution will be found.

Some may say guns are not the enemy, but everyone can agree that silence is.

Please, Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, say something – anything – to provide hope for the people you wish to serve. It’s just right.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


  • Frank Mirabella

    December 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    What planet are you from. Do you really think that the Republican candidates are that stupid? Every time the D’s try and tee up this issue they lose big time. This is a wonderful issue to energize the GOP in 2016. Jeep it up!

  • Diane

    December 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    It is certainly sad that DHS and Immigration both state they vetted the woman yet they found nothing. Now they want Americans to believe they are safe with 50K refugees coming here from countries which do not vet – where is the background info to come from? Our government has more information on American born working Americans than they will ever gather on these refugees. Sweden will tell you they had 14K and they have no idea where those people all are. The only protection for the good citizens of this country so they can protect their families is to own guns. Shooters in CA did not have a legal weapons.

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