South Florida lawmakers want universal background checks, expanded mental health services after Uvalde shooting – WPBF West Palm Beach

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The outrage was nearly as swift as the grief following the deadly school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and now south Florida lawmakers are calling on congress for change.
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick along with Rep. Lois Frankel agree that universal background checks for gun purchases and expanded mental health services are part of the solution.
“If we don’t do anything, if we don’t have the bravery, especially lawmakers to stand up to lobbyists, we are actually hurting the American people and everyone who takes part in this is actually at fault,” Cherfilus-McCormick said.
Frankel wants bi-partisan support for these measures.
“I really invite Republicans, to join Democrats in making sure that anyone who wants to buy a gun has to go through a background check, but there is more to do than that,” Frankel said.
Former Florida governor, now Sen. Rick Scott, was in office when the Pulse nightclub shooting happened in Orlando and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
He told CNN reporters Wednesday that he believes the federal government should do more to share information about potential assailants among law enforcement agencies.
He also told reporters that he does not support a ban on AR-15s, the type of weapon the gunman allegedly used in Uvalde.
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“There is COVID mental health issues, what should we be doing>” Scott said. “There is clearly a school safety issues, what should we be doing, and what could we be doing from a law enforcement standpoint? What I’m not interested in is taking away a law-abiding citizen’s second amendment right.”
Sen. Marco Rubio also spoke about AR-15s with a CNN reporter at the Capitol.
“If people want to talk about banning specific guns then they should propose that, but it wouldn’t prevent these shootings,” Rubio said.
He told the reporter that all commercial gun sales require a background check. The same measures are not taken at some gun shows or on some websites.
“There hasn’t been a single of these mass shootings that have been purchased at a gun show on the internet,” Rubio said. “So, if people want to do that, we can have that debate. But don’t link it to these horrible events because they would have nothing to do with it.”
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Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Deutch, of Parkland released a statement that reads in part, “It sickened me that Congress never did anything after Newtown. I’m ashamed that Congress did nothing after the gun violence that devastated Parkland and South Florida. And amidst the tremendous sadness I feel for every family that lost a huge piece of its future, from the dreams parents had for their kids to the contributions not made by a committed teacher to her future students, I am outraged. I’m shaking with fury at the pathetic position we’re in. The millionaire gun company lobbyists who work day and night thwarting the will of the people. The way we go from one mass tragedy to another getting a little number each time. The news cycle quickly flipping back to celebrity trials. Receiving condolences from politicians from all over the world who want to know what’s wrong with America.”
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