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WashPost: Rick Scott Won't Budge on Gun Rights

WashPost: Rick Scott Won't Budge on Gun Rights
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:18 PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott faces a tough battle in his state after last week's high school shooting massacre because of his pro-gun stance.

Scott has spoken out several times about the shooting that left 14 children and three staff members dead, but his comments have centered on mental health and bashing the FBI for not following up on tips that could have prevented the tragedy.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Scott has no plans to change his position on the Second Amendment.

"He's committed to Second Amendment rights, and that's not going to change," lobbyist and Scott backer Brian Ballard told the Post. "He's a strong NRA supporter and knows that you have to be careful about tweaking anything that would affect someone's right to bear arms."

Scott might challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in November's midterm election. It is unclear how his gun stance will impact his candidacy, but emotions are running high at the moment and there is already an effort to campaign against anyone who is pro-gun and accepts NRA donations.

Scott declined an invitation to attend Wednesday night's CNN town hall, during which Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Nelson, and others faced tough questions from survivors of last week's school shooting.

The Post reported Scott's office will unveil a proposal Friday that would be designed to protect schools and help prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms.

"He genuinely feels that you don't solve a symptom of the problem, you solve the problem," former Scott campaign adviser Keith Appell told the Post. "The problem is that schools aren't safe, and is eroding the Second Amendment going to make one kid safer?"

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, has become a gun control advocate and launched an ad campaign this week aimed at taking down Scott because of his stance on guns.

Hours after the Florida shooting, Scott called the act "absolutely pure evil."

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