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Intersection: Guns & Hurricanes


After the mass shooting in Las Vegas politicians in Florida responded with thoughts and prayers for the victims, and in some cases policy. As details about the shooting emerge some lawmakers are renewing calls for restrictions on certain types of firearms and accessories. So what’s the political appetite in Florida for some of this legislation?
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Image: People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday after a gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. David Becker/Getty Images, npr.org
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Mass Shootings are Becoming More Deadly and More Frequent


This isn’t normal. Sunday’s horrific event in Las Vegas is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. For 16 months, Orlando was burdened with this title. Awful as it was to be at the top of of that list, it wasn’t one we wished on anyone else. If it feels like mass shootings are becoming both more deadly and more frequent, it’s because they are. They’ve become such regular occurrences – five in just the last two years – that our reactions have become formulaic. When horror strikes we fall into a predictable cycle that ultimately achieves nothing but to make us just a bit more numb. Politicians and elected officials offer “thoughts and prayers.” Anyone calling for …
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