Florida gun violence prevention group releases PSA featuring Pulse community



The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is releasing a series of gun safety public service announcement featuring the community who came together in the aftermath of the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse.

The first video released features Pulse survivor Christopher Hansen and Mayra Alvear-Benabe, the mother of 25-year-old Amanda Alvear, one of the 49 victims who died in the Orlando massacre.

"I will never get to talk to my daughter Amanda again," Alvear-Benabe says in the video. "Amanda wanted to be a nurse. She was a special person – a special human being. She loved everyone."

The nonpartisan coalition of more than 120 organizations was created in the days after the shooting by the League of Women Voters of Florida. The group seeks to promote gun reform in Florida, including a state ban on military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The gunman who killed 49 people and injured at least 68 others at Pulse used a semi-automatic Sig Sauer MCX rifle.

Florida lawmakers are currently considering a number of gun proposals, including a measure that would allow firearms in churches and other religious institutions.

"So often the conversation promoting dangerous gun legislation is based on incorrect, unreliable, and outright dishonest information," said Patricia Brigham, first vice president of the LWVF, in a statement. "The Coalition’s goal is to separate fact from fiction to save ourselves from a dangerous gun culture that is literally killing us."

Other speakers featured in the PSA include David Barden, whose 7-year-old nephew was killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary; the Rev. Bryan Fulwider, host of "Friends Talking Faith" on 90.7 WMFE; retired Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jim Verity; and Carol Davis, co-president of the Orange County League of Women Voters. 

"These factual videos continue to shine a light on the reality of safe gun legislation needed in Florida and our country," said Pamela Goodman, president of the LWVF, in a statement. "We are thankful for the voices of these people and are empowered to spread their voices to our lawmakers."

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