Brady Campaign Statement on Latest Florida Shooting

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Brady Campaign Statement on Latest Florida Shooting

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2018 – Yesterday in Jacksonville, FL, six people were wounded in a street shooting, three critically. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement, noting the state’s repeated high-profile gun issues and the opportunity voters have to change that legacy.

“For too long, Florida has been known as the ‘Gunshine State,’ a regrettable if well-deserved nickname,” stated Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign. “From the gun lobby’s vicelike grip on the state’s elected officials to the repeated mass shootings seen across the state, Florida carries a reputation that any state would do its utmost to avoid. Now, six people have been shot in an event so seemingly routine that it barely registered in the nation’s consciousness. In 15 days, though, Florida has a chance to change all that by electing gun safety champions who will defend and promote common sense measures to keep their state safe from reckless gun violence. So go vote, Florida - there’s too much at stake not to.”

Over the past few years, Florida has seen:

Over the course of 2018, the Brady Campaign and its Florida Executive Council have endorsed 27 candidates for office in Florida, the most of any state. Endorsed candidates include:

  • Andrew Gillum for Governor
  • Chris King for Lieutenant Governor
  • Sean Shaw for Attorney General
  • Nikki Fried for Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Rep. Ted Deutch for FL-22
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy for FL-07
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for FL-25
  • Mary Barzee Flores for FL-25
  • Allen Ellison for FL-17
  • Donna Shalala for FL-27
  • David Shapiro for FL-16
  • Olivia Babis for State Senate District 23
  • Janet Cruz for State Senate District 18
  • Keyser Enniking for State Senate District 8
  • Gary Farmer for State Senate District 34
  • Gary McKechnie for State Senate District 12
  • Annette Taddeo for State Senate District 40
  • Debra Bellanti for State House District 60
  • Liv Coleman for State House District 73
  • Emma Collum for State House District 93
  • Anna Eskamani for State House District 47
  • Javier Fernandez for State House District 114
  • Margaret Good for State House District 72
  • Tracey Kagan for State House District 29
  • Debbie Katt for State House District 57
  • Tony Mowry for State House District 74
  • Tracy Pratt for State House District 71

To learn more about your local voting information in Florida, click here.


The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on and Twitter .

About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.

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