Medical Researcher Dr. Dena Grayson, who is also running for Congress in Florida’s 9th district has a plan for gun control that she hopes will avoid mass shootings like the one that took place in Orlando this past weekend, at the Pulse Nightclub that took the lives of 49 people.
Responding to request for comment from the Observer, Grayson voiced concerns for the families of the victims and frustration with current gun laws she feels haven’t been successful in protecting the country.
“I’m not taking away the second amendment, but no one has the right to own weapons of war. How many more Newtowns, Auroras, or San Bernadinos are we going to have?” she said in a phone conversation.
Grayson’s plans for gun control includes a ban on assault style weapons and guns that hold extended magazines, background checks that also include closing the “gun show loophole”, increased scrutiny of the names of the terrorist watch list, some that can still purchase weapons, mandatory gun licensing, and removing the ban of federal funding for gun research to study what measures can be taken to avoid further tragedy.
“This touches me personally, I’ve treated victims of gun violence” she continues “Enough is enough. It’s disgusting when we’re not safe sending our kids to school, going to a movie theater, or heading out to a nightclub to go dancing.”
While candidates have been careful to not over-politicize the attacks from this previous weekends, many of them have sent out emails to supporters attempting to raise donations for the victims or signing petitions for changes in gun control laws. This morning one of Grayson’s opponents, State Senator Darren Soto was asked about campaigning on the issue during a press conference (story HERE). Other candidates in the race to replace 9th district incumbent Alan Grayson, who married Dr. Grayson last month and is running for senate, include former District Director Susannah Randolph, who released her own plan yesterday, and Businesswoman Valleri Crabtree.