Florida Refuses to Adhere to US Surgeon General’s Gun Violence Advisory, Says DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that the state will not be complying with the recent gun violence advisory from US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The advisory, which was released earlier this week, urges states to take immediate action to combat gun violence as a public health crisis.

In his statement, DeSantis argued that the advisory is “not based on facts” and is “just another attempt by the Biden administration to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” He also pointed out that Florida already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including background checks for all firearms purchases and a ban on assault weapons.

Here are five key points to know about Florida’s stance on the US Surgeon General’s gun violence advisory:

  • DeSantis believes gun violence is a criminal issue, not a public health one. In his statement, DeSantis emphasized that addressing gun violence should be done through law enforcement efforts and not by labeling it as a public health crisis.
  • Florida has seen a decrease in overall gun violence in recent years. According to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state has seen a 20% decrease in gun-related deaths since 2018.
  • The state is focused on mental health initiatives to prevent gun violence. DeSantis highlighted Florida’s commitment to funding mental health services and programs as a way to address the root causes of violence.
  • Florida will continue to prioritize Second Amendment rights. The governor reiterated his support for protecting the right to bear arms and standing against any federal overreach on this issue.
  • DeSantis calls for addressing illegal firearms and criminal activity. In his statement, DeSantis stressed that the focus should be on preventing illegal firearms from entering the state and prosecuting those who use them to commit crimes.

While the US Surgeon General’s advisory is not legally binding, it serves as a call to action for states to address gun violence. DeSantis’ stance highlights the ongoing debate about how best to tackle this issue, with some arguing for stricter gun control measures and others advocating for addressing underlying societal issues.


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