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September 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 3


Publisher's Note

And Still Our Legislatures Equivocate …

In total, there have been at least 2,190 mass shootings since Sandy Hook in December 2012, with at least 2,463 killed and 9,163 wounded. The FBI defines a mass shooting as an incident in which 4 or more people, not including the suspect, are killed. And following all of these events, our police, healthcare workers and communities are left to pick-up the pieces. And in many cases, they will endure severe PTSD for years afterward as a result.
The following Publisher’s Note was written after the Parkland massacre in March 2018 which hit so close to home here in South Florida. And after the recent events in El Paso and Dayton, I felt it merited another reading by all of us. Let’s all honor and support the Parkland students who continue their journey to eliminate needless gun deaths and future mass shootings. At the very least, let’s give their “Peace Plan for a Safer America” a chance. 

Our Inaction Has Been Deafening
Gun violence is a notoriously American problem – this cannot be disputed (so please don’t try.) And once again, it’s happened right here in our South Florida community, forever affecting our relatives, friends and co-workers. And each time an American massacre occurs, half-hearted declarations are debated about new bipartisan bills, laws and regulations … ad nauseam. But then the gunshots fade, the visible wounds heal, the funerals end … and we all forget.
But I believe this time, thanks to a brilliant, articulate, still-traumatized group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, we are all being held accountable. Much like my 60s generation who affected the Vietnam era culture shift, these children are tired of being sacrifices to impotent politicians and 2nd amendment scare tactics. Does it make sense to say a person is too young to buy a handgun, but an AR15 is acceptable? Not one student has even whispered that all guns should be banned, but rather it’s time for sensible gun control and effective mental health screening with regard to guns in the State of Florida and the United States.
As the students of MSD and #neveragain, asked so eloquently,
“How could it hurt
… to ban assault weapons?
… to reinstitute regulations that make it more difficult for the mentally ill to obtain guns?
… to save more children and adults like the 17 we lost in Parkland, Florida?”
Look in the mirror and ask yourself, how could it hurt?

Charles can be reached at

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