Democrat Gwen Graham released a new video (see below) spot focusing on gun violence and the tragic mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February that killed 17 students and teachers.
“What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas is every parent’s worst nightmare. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose a child,” says Graham, who has three children. “My heart breaks as a mom. That’s how this issue resonates with me, not as someone running for office, but as a mom that never any parent to face what those parents faced.”
In the nearly two minute video, Graham blames the NRA, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for what her campaign described as “Florida’s lax gun laws.” She says after years of passing laws favorable to the gun lobby, state lawmakers passed gun control measures last month that she says must be enforced and built on.
The measures that were passed were part of the school safety package the Legislature enacted following the shootings at MSD High School in Parkland. They included raising the legal age for buying a gun in Florida from 18 to 21, imposing a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, and restricting access to guns for people with mental illness who are considered a risk to themselves and others.
The NRA filed a federal lawsuit after Scott signed the bill into law arguing that it violated the rights of law-abiding citizens by raising the age to buy a gun to 21.
“The gun lobby bears a significant responsibility but ultimately it’s the Republicans in the Legislature that are allowing these pieces of legislation to go through and the governor for signing them. It’s time we take common sense gun safety steps, that even if they prevent one death — one death — it’s worth it,” Graham says.
Graham recently received the endorsement of Moms Demand Action, receiving the group’s designation as a Gun Sense Candidate, the first Democrat to receive that title.