Kamala Harris pitches red flag laws, gun violence prevention in Parkland

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The VP offered remarks at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Vice President Kamala Harris brought a gun control message to the scene of Florida’s worst school shooting in history.

In Parkland at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Saturday, Harris announced the debut of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center, dedicated to offering training and technical assistance for state red flag laws, per a White House pool email.

“This national resource center will be a place where we will through that provide for training for local leaders on how to use red flag laws and keep communities safe,” the Vice President said.

She also called for red flag laws, a subject on which Gov. Ron DeSantis has offered mixed messages. In 2019, he spoke favorably about them in Florida. But four years later as a presidential candidate, DeSantis said there was a lack of “data” demonstrating their effectiveness.

Harris said red flag laws are “simply designed to allow communities a vehicle through which they can share and have somewhere to share it information about the concern about the potential danger or the crying out for help of an individual.” Noting there are 21 states with such laws, the VP challenged others to pass similar legislation.

Harris, who oversees the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, met with families of some of the 14 students and three teachers killed by a former student back on Valentine’s Day, 2018 before highlighting the administration’s approach to gun safety in a prepared statement.

In the wake of that violence, Florida passed gun control legislation that blocks gun sales to those under the age of 21, mandates a three-day waiting period before buying a firearm, bans bump stocks, arms some school personnel, mandates a law enforcement presence in schools and allows police to confiscate guns from people perceived to be a threat.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Outlaws in Fl

    March 23, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    We can do car safety but not gun safety We can OUTLAW abortions but no gun control to Kill Children, we can go ANTI all vaccines and Kill our children and Neighbors but do nothing about gun control. We can outlaw underage drinking, kick kids off the beaches for spring break but lord don’t take away my right to carry a gun to shot you when I feel slighted

    • Hung Wiil

      March 23, 2024 at 7:22 pm

      I am glad that you do not have a gun.
      Now go get your booster and shut the hell up.

      • Josh Green

        March 23, 2024 at 8:34 pm

        There’s no such thing as a responsible gun owner.

      • rick whitaker

        March 24, 2024 at 11:42 am

        hung, how does it feel to be scared? that is the air that your comments have. of course since you are fearful, you don’t heed my words. boo

      • Silly Wabbit

        March 24, 2024 at 12:03 pm

        Hung ass.

  • Impeach Biden

    March 24, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Harris oversees the White House Office of gun violence prevention.Think about that one for a minute. Then think about her performance as the Border Czar. She is as dumb and incompetent as Joe Biden. At least Joe has an excuse. What is hers?

    • rick whitaker

      March 24, 2024 at 10:58 am

      hey genius, you think you can do better than the fine folks you criticize, you can’t. also you don’t know good from bad, so why are you running your uninformed mouth. go pop a pimple. maybe that will make you feel powerful. you do know that your posts make you look REAL stupid don’t you. sure you don’t know, you’re a moron.

      • Impeach Biden

        March 24, 2024 at 11:08 am

        Dear Tennessee Slum Lord,

        Anyone and I mean anyone could do a better job than Ka Mana Wanna. There is one reason and one reason only she is the VP. In the private sector she would have been fired for her complete failure as the Border Czar. I am not uninformed, you need to open your eyes and see what is going on. Maybe you are too old and senile to see it. I can toss insults too Mr Slum Lord.

        • rick whitaker

          March 24, 2024 at 11:36 am

          why do you call me slum lord, you couldn’t even begin to afford ANY place i have. being overly presumptuous is a trait of inexperience or poor intellect. i am still trying to fathom how you could have so many bad things to say about harris when you don’t even know her. i find her speech or talking style to be not to my liking, but i remind myself that the content is more important than the delivery. if i was biden, i would have asked katie porter to be my vice pres. let me guess, you don’t like katie either. well, a haters gota hate.

          • Impeach Biden

            March 24, 2024 at 11:57 am

            Well she was the first to drop out of the Demo Pres nomination round back in 2020. That says a lot there about her popularity. With respect to affording one of your rentals, you have no clue old man.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 25, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      Do you think she is an agent placed by the GOP to keep the border open and the guns & ammo flowing? Because her “failures” do tend to reward the interests of Republicans. And rather than cheering her on for her good Republican work, the Republicans say how terrible she is. But it’s just a cover. She works for the G0P which is why the border is open and the guns & ammo keep freely flowing.

  • rick whitaker

    March 24, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    im, as an old man, i don’t have a clue when it comes to you, and don’t care to. you are the one that makes one dumb comment after another about things that are way over your head. being clueless as to what you concern yourself with, i’ll take that. i don’t have anything available right now, i’ll let you know when i have a vacancy. THEN you will know if you can afford it. get real man, i know you are a fool and probably live in your mom’s house. i’d say, with a son like you, dad probably left long ago. did i get it right? maybe you live with dad, and mom left long ago. sometimes i feel so good about being in my seventies, so i just get to set back and watch people make the same mistakes i made as a young man. now you, well you sound young, so you better get your shit together before it’s too late. florida is a dog eat dog place, so you better be ready to work REAL hard to get by. but you sound like a clown that thinks it’s all a joke.

    • Impeach Biden

      March 24, 2024 at 12:31 pm

      Dear Dumb Azz who hails from Tennessee,

      I’m not looking for a rental. I own my house free and clear . You are a hillbilly but try and portray yourself as some sort intellectual. You aren’t. Look Kamala is clueless. Her staff has left her many times. She doesn’t prepare herself on the subject matter. She giggles a lot which means she has no answer. She would be a disaster as CIC. Get it?

      • MH/Duuuval

        March 24, 2024 at 8:02 pm

        “Look Kamala is clueless. Her staff has left her many times.” This is old news. Still, here’s a 2-year-old response online from Donna Halper, a professor of political communication, media historian, author, and former reporter posted on Quora: “As for VP Harris, her staff turnover sounds worse than it is. In Washington DC, staff come and go. There was a lot of turnover in the previous administration [sic], and in the one before that too. I’ve never met Ms. Harris, so I can’t say what kind of boss she is. But I would not be shocked to find that she is a tough boss— a quality we still seem to excuse in men and criticize in women. I am in no way playing the sexism card here— as I said, she may indeed be hard to work for. But based on what I’ve seen in my years working with politicians, she is probably no tougher than anyone else in her position. She does have some staff who are very loyal to her, and they are puzzled by the sudden bunch of negative articles. But let’s see if a few months from now, she still has a lot of staff turnover. I tend to think things will stabilize, and then reporters can go on to scrutinizing someone else.”

      • rick whitaker

        March 24, 2024 at 9:25 pm

        impeach biden, when you get ready to sell, let me know. i used to buy only bargains, then fix them up. i got a better deal that way, but now there’s too much competition in that business. anyway you aren’t the type of renter i would want anyway. your crazy statement about me, who you do not know, is a sign of being in the loser class. i think i hit a nerve about you living at mama’s house. dude you are so off base that you are in the parking lot. my advice to you is find someone like me to mentor you, or shut up. your own efforts are making you look quite lame.

      • Dont Say FLA

        March 25, 2024 at 1:43 pm

        I heard on the dark web that Giggles and Rhonda trade staff. It’s less turnover and more of an exchange program since Giggles is secretly on the payroll of the G0P keeping the border open just like Trump wants and keeping the guns & ammo flowing.

        • MH/Duuuval

          March 26, 2024 at 2:57 pm

          A federal court judge in Arizona is looking at gun trafficking across the border to Mexico and Central America, and Arizona gun shops are in his gunsight.

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