A new organization in Florida will fight for stricter gun laws

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30 March 2018 | 7:58 pm

Via time.com

A Broward County, Florida-based organization called 17 for Change was formed on Wednesday to fight for stricter gun laws. This organization, which is comprised of elected officials and students and parents associated with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, intends to battle the NRA, promote new gun legislation and educate voters.

“(The website) 17forchange.com will allow people to come together under one location, talk about issues, talk about how we’re going to move forward, and so, this will allow people to come together and effectuate change,” Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen told Local 10 Miami.

It’s been more than six weeks since Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 semi-automatic style rifle to murder 17 people and injure another 15 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered Cruz to be held without bond on 17 counts of premeditated murder the day after the attack on February 15. Cruz, who didn’t have a criminal history, passed a background check and legally purchased the rifle used in the rampage at a federally licensed gun store in Broward County.

In response to public backlash, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hertz, Best Western Hotels and Resorts, MetLife and more than a dozen other major companies severed ties with the NRA. Furthermore, on February 28, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that it would no longer offer assault-style rifles like the one employed by Cruz. The mammoth sports retailer also proclaimed that it would no longer sell firearms to anyone below the age of 21.

“We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe,” tweeted Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The same day that Dick’s Sporting Goods restructured its inventory and sales policies, the Florida House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that will allow 10 trained teachers to carry a firearm in every school across the state. If selected following an extensive vetting process, educators who partake in the “school marshal” program will receive a one-time stipend of $500. Florida prosecutors will seek to execute Cruz.

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