Florida Politics and the Jacksonville Mass Shooting

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Jacksonville Landings, site of the mass shooting by David Katz.

Florida Politics and the Jacksonville Mass Shooting

David Katz is the shooter in the Jacksonville Landing Mass Shooting that occurred this past weekend. Katz wounded ten people and killed two others. Now, the question is how did Katz buy his gun? How about legally.

Per the Associated Press, Katz had a history of mental illness based on his parents’ divorce filing in Maryland. Twice Katz had been hospitalized for mental illness where he was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

The state of Maryland does require that gun buyers give consent to check for state health agency records, but in this case, Katz most likely bought his gun before the laws changed.

Now, with more gun violence and mass shootings in Florida, what happens next? Everyone points the finger at each other and nothing gets done.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was earlier this year. What laws have changed since then?

Democrats want gun control and Republicans hide behind the Second Amendment and will continue to do so as long as the NRA- National Rifle Association keeps signing checks worth millions of dollars.

And in return what do we get? Richer Republican politicians and seventy-five dead in twenty-six months thanks to mass shootings in Florida.

Remember when Senator Marco Rubio returned to the Senate because of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting? What has he done since then to curb gun violence in Florida?

I keep saying it over and over again: nothing will change for politicians until they are affected personally. Whether it is texting and driving or mass shootings. In the meantime, they wait for the next news cycle to distract everyone and then they continue business as normal.

You want them out? Then vote them out! It’s that simple.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.

Twitter @mcatty_alex

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