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8:32 am
Wed October 1, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey on Crime and Environmental Issues

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 4:53 pm

 USF's School of Public Affairs and Nielsen's latest results on their annual Sunshine State Survey was released today, asking how Floridians feel about crime and environmental issues.

USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said 46 percent of Floridians are in favor of making current gun laws more restrictive, while a slight majority see no reason to do so.

"This question really reflects racial, ethnic, gender and age divide in the state," she said.

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Opinion
9:43 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Not Guns OR Mental Health; It's Both

Dr. Marc Yacht

The American tragedy continues with six collegians killed in the sleepy college town of Isla Vista, California.  The deranged murderer then took his own life after a shooting and stabbing rampage.  A victim’s distraught father lashed out at the NRA, politicians and all those who would impede gun restrictions.  In Florida, bullets sent people scurrying for cover in Clearwater Beach.  Myrtle Beach suffered three shot dead in shooting rampage recently.  The carnage continues.

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Health News Florida
8:36 am
Thu March 20, 2014

House Expected to Pass Warning Shot Bill

The Republican-controlled Florida House is expected today to pass the first significant revisions to the state's self-defense laws since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Legislators are expected to vote for a bill that would let people fire warning shots and avoid the state's strict mandatory minimum sentences for using a gun.

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Health News Florida
11:14 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Stand-Your-Ground Protest Draws 1,000

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the mothers of two unarmed black youths shot to death in Florida led protesters in Tallahassee Monday, as lawmakers in the House considered revamping gun laws.

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Health News Florida
9:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Woman Drugged Her Kids, Police Say

Three parents have been charged with abuse or neglect of their children, two of whom died. In the other case, a mother admitted she left five children age 7 and younger at home when she went out and drugged them so they would sleep. Here are details:

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Health News Florida
10:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Election Year Could Keep Session Calm

Florida’s 2014 Legislative session will start with the typical benign tone that comes during an election year. But it’s unclear if the Republican-led legislature can keep things status quo, the Hearld/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

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Health News Florida
9:24 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Chiropractor Fired Shot in Self Defense

Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators will not file charges against Lenny Linardos, 46, for Monday’s shooting of Jamie Velez, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

They say Linardos, owner of Holiday’s West Coast Spine and Injury Center, shot Velez in self defense, after the 33-year-old confronted the chiropractor at his clinic.

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Health News Florida
9:59 am
Fri February 14, 2014

South Florida: No Backyard Gun Ranges

A state law that allows gun ranges on private property is being challenged by South Florida lawmakers who say regulation is needed to make their communities safer, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan is asking the state to allow cities to enact their own restrictions on gun use, even on private property.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Man Killed Over Texting; Stressed-Out Mother Kills Kids, Herself

Jackqueline, 15, Alexander, 16, and Jennifer Berman

Senseless and tragic shootings occurred near Tampa and in West Palm Beach on Monday.  In one, a retired police officer irked over a fellow moviegoer’s incessant texting shot him in the head. In the other, a recently divorced nurse's assistant who was being forced out of her home through foreclosure shot her two teen-age children and herself.

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Health News Florida
9:06 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Gun Rights Group Sues UF over Gun Ban

TALLAHASSEE — A gun rights group is suing the University of Florida for banning guns in campus housing. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar suit against the University of North Florida's ban on guns in cars.

In early December, the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a UNF student and gun rights group Florida Carry that challenged a rule banning students from storing guns in their cars.

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Health News Florida
10:36 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Is Synthetic Drug Behind Hospital Rampage?

Police are wondering if a 20-year-old man who shot himself and died at Halifax Health Medical Center had used a popular synthetic narcotic before his rampage, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. An almost-empty bottle labeled  “Molly Water” was found in the car of Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff, who police say shot himself in the head in front of a nurse and her Alzheimer’s patient.

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Health News Florida
9:16 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Armed Man Kills Himself at Hospital

An armed man shot at cars, threatened patients and beat several nurses before killing himself at a Daytona Beach hospital Sunday. Deltona’s Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff, 22, crashed his car through the hospital gate and used a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot out a glass door at the hospital’s Professional Building, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Health News Florida
9:48 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Accidents 40% of ER Gun Injuries

Across the state, four out of 10 people who come to hospital emergency rooms with nonfatal gunshot wounds were shot by accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel (paywall alert). The rate is even higher in Orange County, with accidents accounting for more than half of firearm-related ER visits.

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Opinion
9:55 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Gun Violence a Problem, But Not in Schools

Gary Stein

Armed guards in the schools seemed like a good idea last December after the massacre at Newtown Elementary. But calmer heads prevailed, which is just as well, writes public health specialist and consumer advocate Gary Stein of Tampa.

If you look at the public health data on gun violence, there are a lot of ways children could be made safer, but armed guards in schools really isn't one of them, he writes in Huffington Post.

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Opinion
11:02 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Talk Overdue

John Romano

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes that there are serious loopholes in the "stand your ground" law that enable bad guys like drug dealers and motorists consumed with road rage to use it in ways that its creators never intended -- they provoke a confrontation and then use deadly force.

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Health News Florida
10:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Teen Survives Stray Bullet After Miami Heat Win

Brandon Reid, 15, is recovering from being hit by a stray bullet after the Miami Heat won the NBA championship.
Credit Mark Randall / Sun-Sentinel

A 15-year-old survived a stray bullet to the head as fans celebrated the championship win by the Miami Heat during the NBA finals last Thursday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Miramar police say it was celebratory gunfire that hit the teen, who was struck as he watched the trophy presentation on TV in his mother’s home.

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Health News Florida
10:47 am
Fri June 21, 2013

NRA: Restrict Gun Sales to Mentally Ill

The NRA has fought laws that sought to restrict guns in Florida for decades. But now, the NRA is urging the group’s members to email Gov. Rick Scott and convince him to sign a bill that would ban gun purchases by most people who have been treated for mental illness, the Tampa Bay Times reports.   

Health News Florida
10:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Did Mental Illness Lead to Murder-Suicide?

A man who killed his wife before turning the gun on himself may have been driven by paranoia after he stopped taking his medication for mental illness, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, a few weeks before the murder-suicide, Michael Jones reportedly told his son he had scheduled a mental health evaluation.

Health News Florida
11:15 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Capitol: Guns, Nursing Homes, More

A Senate panel approved a measure that would block some people who have voluntarily gotten mental health treatment from purchasing a firearm, the News Service of Florida reports. The bill will go to the Senate floor for a vote next. 

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Health News Florida
10:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Guns: Weapon of Choice for FL Murders

While overall crime dropped across the state, murders with a gun increased 38 percent in 2011, according to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Experts can’t say for sure why more people are being killed by guns, but they point out that gun ownership has increased sharply over the past decade.  

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Health News Florida
11:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

At the Capitol: Texting Ban, Baker Act, Guns

The Senate unanimously approved a ban on texting-while-driving this morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The bill's next stop is the House. 

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Health News Florida
10:22 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Why Don’t Gun Ordinances Work?

Credit Tampa Bay Times

Even though seven counties in Florida have laws on the books that regulate background checks at gun shows, they are mostly ineffective, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Law enforcement officials admit they don’t enforce the rule. One gun show organizer says the rule has no impact, since sellers mostly ignore it, too. 

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Health News Florida
11:12 am
Tue April 2, 2013

4-Year-Old Girl Killed; Gun Sales Soar

Credit South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As Florida lawmakers consider how they’re going to deal with gun violence, Miami-Dade police are trying to figure out why a gun that killed a 4-year-old was in easy reach of her and two other young children, the Miami Herald reports. By law, loaded firearms are supposed to be locked up so children can’t get to them. If they do and that weapon kills them, the responsible person faces a third-degree felony. 

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Health News Florida
11:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Database, Gun-Permit Law Full of Holes

Despite millions of dollars in federal grants to update Florida’s criminal database, it’s in bad condition and people who really shouldn’t get guns are slipping through the cracks, the Palm Beach Post reports. Even if the database is updated, some worry it’s pointless unless Congress acts to close the gun show loophole.

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Opinion
10:39 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Lawmakers Must Prevent Gun Violence, Accidents

An editorial by the Palm Beach Post says the Florida Legislature should act now to revise a law that doesn’t do enough to keep guns out of the hands of persons who have been hospitalized for treatment of mental illness. he mentally ill.

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Opinion
11:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Do College Campuses, Guns Mix?

Beth Kassab

In the wake of the massacre that was averted at the University of Central Florida, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab questions the push by some gun-rights advocates to allow weapons on college campuses. The advocates say students, faculty and staff should be able to defend themselves.

 

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Health News Florida
11:16 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Only Gun Bill Is on Mental Illness

The only gun-control bill that appears to have any chance of making it through the Florida Legislature this session is one that the National Rifle Association supports, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Health News Florida
11:20 am
Tue March 19, 2013

UCF Student Planned Attack Before Suicide

A 30-year-old man living in a dormitory at the University of Central Florida apparently planned to kill other students by sounding the fire alarm, then shooting them when they went outside. But when police responded quickly to a 911 call from one of his roommates, the Orlando Sentinel reports, James Oliver Seevakumaran turned the gun on himself. 

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Health News Florida
11:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

At the Capitol: Budget Delay, School Safety

Credit Tampa Bay Times

A Senate education panel approved a measure that would allow counties to enact a tax to pay for additional resource officers and student mental health services, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports. In the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre, some lawmakers are even proposing  measures to let teachers carry concealed weapons.

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Health News Florida
11:06 am
Fri March 1, 2013

At the Capitol: Guns, Pot, Texting

In the 2013 legislative session, which starts Tuesday, lawmakers will take a hard look at improving school security following the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary in December. Under the bill proposed by Republican Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota, school principals could choose one or more staff members to be trained to carry a gun into school, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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