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‘Try To Take Our Guns And You’ll Learn,’ Florida Lawmaker Tweets At President Biden – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a school in Texas, where 19 children and 2 adults were killed, a tweet from Florida State Representative Randy Fine is getting national attention.
In a tweet Wednesday, Representative Fine seemed to threaten President Joe Biden.
“I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President—try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place,” Fine said in a tweet.
“I was pretty disgusted at the President politicizing last night and Democrats blaming Republicans. Like we did in Florida, I think you take a minute and understand why the shooter did what they did. Did they violate the law?” said Fine.
He said his tweet was not meant as a threat, pointing to Second Amendment rights.
Fine is also in favor of permit-less carry, which Governor Ron DeSantis said he would sign constitutional carry legislation if given a bill.
President Biden condemned the shooting in an address Tuesday night.
“I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this — again,” the president said. “Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third and fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened — see their friends die, as if they’re in a battlefield, for God’s sake. They’ll live with it the rest of their lives.”
Officials said the shooter was killed on the scene by law enforcement officials.
After barricading himself inside a classroom, the gunman “started shooting children and teachers inside the classroom, having no regard for human life,” Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CBS News on Wednesday.
Florida House Dems convened inside the Capitol in Tallahassee to share a unified message.
The state must build on laws enacted following the Parkland shooting to curb gun violence.
“We need to expand on the portions of changes that worked,” said Florida Representative Fentrice Driskell.
Democrat Driskell shares a vision for more comprehensive gun reform. The legislature passed bipartisan gun-control laws following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018.
It raised the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21. It also created a red-flag law, which Democrats believe needs to expand.
“Expand that to close family members or other individuals close to someone who might be wanting to inflict harm. Perhaps we can mitigate future tragedies from happening,” said Driskell.
As currently constructed, it allows only law enforcement to request a protection order from a judge to remove guns from people temporarily.
While House Dems eye more reform, one rep in the house has no interest in listening.
“Since they threw a little temper tantrum on the floor, I’m not interested in what they have to say,” said Republican Fine.
Democratic leadership shares a vision to create additional gun-control reform while improving mental health resources.
Local leaders believe the two can lessen gun violence if adequately addressed.
“I get very emotional at this. I know what these communities are going to be going through. I know the division that will enter these communities,” said State Rep Christine Hunschofsky, who said she understands the pain Texas feels.
In Parkland, she was the mayor when a gunman killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“A loss that is so devastating and will change their lives forever,” she adds.
Since 2018, Florida’s legislature came together to pass gun-control laws, create school safety measures, and add mental health resources.
State Rep Dottie Joseph out of Miami believes more must be done in schools to help mental health in schools.
“Make sure we address the counselor to student ratio. Not just general counselor, the mental health counselor, so they can have more opportunities to engage with children to provide the mental health resources they need,” said Joseph.
Mental Health America ranks Florida 49th in access to mental health care.
Democratic leaders stress the urgency to do better now for all Floridians.
“It’s not just gun violence. It’s not the only compelling reason we need these additional resources. We can be more efficient with the funds that we have, but we need more resources,” said Driskell.
While Democrats eye additional mental health resources, what they don’t want to see picked up in future legislative sessions is permit-less.
“I think what it does is inflame the temperatures. When we are having these mass shootings in America, we need to be bringing the temperatures down,” adds Driskell.
Governor DeSantis said he would sign a constitutional carry law if presented.
Democratic leaders prefer more comprehensive gun-control measures, such as expanding the existing red flag law and allowing more than just law enforcement to request a protection order from a judge to remove guns from people temporarily.

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