Kamala Uses National Tragedy for Political Points

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(FeaturedNews.com) – On Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Florida where she visited the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where 17 people had lost their lives to gun violence in 2018. During her visit to Florida, she planned on pushing for stronger laws and restrictions on firearms including removing them from the hands of people who are considered a threat. 

During her visit, Harris was meeting the families of the victims while also looking through the halls of the building that is going to be demolished later this year. The building had been the site of the murder. 

As part of her visit, the vice president called for the remaining 29 states to also push for “red flag” laws and other laws that are going to encourage 15 more states to start using federal funds that are available for the implementation of the laws. The laws also give courts the right to issue “extreme risk protection orders” by having firearms seized from individuals who are believed to be a danger to either others or themselves. 

There are six states in the country that have already implemented such laws and are using the $750 million that the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act made available to put forward crisis intervention programs. 

Following the 2018 shooting, Florida had approved a red flag law but the state has so far not used any federal funding.

The former Parkland High School student responsible for the shooting has been found to be dealing with a number of mental health issues and has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty. 

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