Legislators, Community Leaders, Law Enforcement Meet to Discuss Gun Safety

See photo caption, below.

See photo caption, below.

Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs joins Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a roundtable discussion on gun safety. 

Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs joins Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a roundtable discussion on gun safety.

DATE: January 14, 2013
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Columbine, Sandy Hook and last week, Taft High School in Los Angeles. Adults and children murdered at the hands of those armed with guns, rifles, assault weapons. What can we do?

Gun safety was the focus of a roundtable discussion last Friday led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and a host of city officials and law enforcement from the two counties.

“Registration is one the most important things we can do. We register our cars, we register to vote, yet it’s not mandatory to register a weapon,” said Mayor Jacobs. “I think we have to ‘follow the gun’ and make gun owners be personally liable and responsible when owning a weapon.”

“We need to talk about what’s possible now. Public feedback and outrage hits home with legislators. This is a national discussion and an opportune time to make changes,” said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz.

The roundtable discussion is one of several that will take place throughout the state to garner ideas that the federal government will hopefully adopt to prevent the crimes seen so often on school campuses, in a movie theater, in mall parking lots.
“There are currently stiff federal penalties that aren’t being enforced,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez. “Private sales of handguns should not be allowed, banning high capacity ammunition magazines is a no brainer and we have to engage the community. In Miami-Dade we have a bounty, a one thousand dollar reward for people who report crimes.”

Other ideas discussed included placing armed law enforcement officers at all schools, mandatory universal background screenings, a mandatory license that would ensure gun owners are properly trained, training teachers to recognize mental health issues and regulating the sales of ammunition such as bullets designed to penetrate body armor.

“We have to change the current rules. There are rules in place that block common sense. It’s a multi-layered approach. Places cameras in school hallways, encourage public involvement on a large scale to attract the attention of lawmakers, stop glorifying the shooter instead of focusing on the victims,” said Mayor Jacobs. “We have to take steps now to create a certain level of comfort.”

The meeting took place at the Broward Sheriff's Headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. A second meeting is planned this week in Miami. Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz asked those in attendance to put their suggestions in writing and send them to her, with the promise that she would bring those ideas to Congress.

Photo Caption: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs along with city officials and law enforcement from Broward and Miami Dade Counties share ideas on gun safety at a roundtable discussion.
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