Senate Republican leaders say the first step toward preventing mass violence is condemning white nationalism and white supremacy as “hateful, dangerous and morally corrupt,” according to a draft resolution made public on Friday.
But Senate Democrats want to see the chamber do more.
Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson wants the Senate to note that mass violence is also caused by individuals that use semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines to carry out their attacks.
The Senate resolution may be off to a rough start, after Gibson sidestepped Republican leaders by sending the media a copy of her edited version of the proposal before it was finalized and distributed to reporters.
Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican who is in line to take over as Senate president following next year’s elections, told The News Service of Florida in a telephone interview on Friday that he does not want to “politicize this document.”
“The notion that we would single out one type of weapon because it’s politically expedient I think is not the right thing to do,” Simpson said. “This is not a soapbox. It’s not the time to use national, frivolous arguments.”
Simpson initially emailed a draft of