Andrew Gillum calls Adam Putnam ‘recent convert’ to gun rights movement

Andrew Gillum and Adam Putnam

Following the Tampa Bay Times story questioning Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam‘s past visibility on gun rights issues, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is calling him “a recent convert” and questioning his commitments on details.

“Now that people have started to catch on that Commissioner Adam Putnam’s a recent convert to the gun rights movement, we should ask him how he really feels,” the Tallahassee mayor asked about the state agriculture commissioner.

Gillum is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2018 election, facing Winter Park developer Chris King and Tallahassee former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham.

In the past couple of weeks, Putnam has turned up the heat on his rhetoric about guns, making his support of the gun rights movement as much of a focal point of his campaign as virtually any other issue to date. On July 18 he declared he saw a pathway to open-carry of guns in Florida, and to guns on college campuses, and later declared himself proud to be an “NRA sell-out.”

But Monday, the Times published an article in which several gun rights advocates essentially asked of Putnam, “Where have you been?” reporting that several times earlier this year when asked about gun issues he deferred or offered noncommittal responses.

So, Gillum asked in a news release issued by his campaign, what doe she think?

“Does he really think it’s a good idea for our college students to carry weapons on campuses? Does he support an assault weapons ban and closing gun show loopholes?” Gillum asked.

“I know where I stand: against campus carry, for an assault weapons ban, and for closing gun show loopholes. I’ve proudly stood up to the NRA and the gun lobby to make sure we protect Florida’s families, and I hope Commissioner Putnam says the same thing.”

Scott Powers

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  • Jon

    August 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Well, if the choice is between Gillum who is open about wanting to infringe on our rights, and Putnam who is a recent convert to protecting our rights, Putnam wins that debate.

  • Miles Fortis

    August 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    And a known anti-gun D (but I repeat myself) opines on the 2nd amendment “purity” of his opponent?
    Hypocrisy much?

  • Craig Mark

    August 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    So a proven anti-gun statist is whining about a pro-gun politician under the pretense that the pro-gun guy is a “recent” convert in hopes that gun owners will vote for the ANTI-gun guy??? What color is the sky on your planet Mr. Gillum? And what have your anti-Liberty handlers been smoking?

    Should People Be Allowed to Carry Guns Openly? That’s the wrong question. The question should be What right do YOU have to try and restrict my rights? Shall-NOT-be-infringed is a limitation on the GOVERNMENT, not on it’s citizens.

    According to the FBI crime statistics Concealed Carry License holders are SEVEN TIMES LESS likely to commit a felony than police officers. So why does Mr Gillum think that I can’t be trusted??

    How a politician stands on having honest citizens exercising their right to keep and bear arms tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a responsible, trustworthy, and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. (By THEMSELVES of course)

    ANY politician that seeks to limit the access of honest citizens to (keeping AND bearing) ANY firearm is nothing more than an ally of the criminal class, because the criminal class DOES NOT obey the laws that he proposes. It’s interesting to me that all the anti-gun folks seem to be extremely paranoid of law-abiding people with guns and somehow have no fear whatsoever of the actually evildoers in society.

    Why do you hate honest citizens so much Mr. Gillum?? EVERYTHING that you propose only hinders the honest, and has been PROVEN to be of NO hindrance to the criminals at all.

    And why do you think that my crossing some imaginary line in the dirt turns me from a law-abiding citizen into a foaming-at-the-mouth raving lunatic?

    Typical Democrat thinking. “Better that children should die than anyone on Campus have a gun to defend them with.”

  • Rich7553

    August 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Tell it to the IRS Andrew.

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