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Rummell calls for 'real reform' on gun laws
Like Rummell, Hoffman is a Florida-based real estate developer. The New York Times reported Hoffman has pledged not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians.
Jacksonville developer Peter Rummell is among prominent Republican donors calling for action by lawmakers in response to last week's mass killing at a Broward County high school by a teenager armed with a civilian version of a military assault rifle.
Teresa Stepzinski @teresastepz
Jacksonville developer Peter Rummell said Sunday he wants "real reform, protection and change" for the nation's gun laws.Rummell is among prominent Republican donors calling for action by lawmakers in response to last week's mass killing at a Broward County high school by a teenager armed with a civilian version of military assault rifle.Another prominent Republican donor from Florida, however, called others to join him in contributing only to candidates supporting a ban on assault rifles.Rummell described as a "bold and decisive statement" by Al Hoffman Jrof North Palm Beach – a key Republican political contributor, who issued an ultimatum Saturday demanding the party pass legislation restricting access to guns.“Al Hoffman has made a bold and decisive statement and his ultimate point is we need to do something major and radical-nipping at the edges isn’t working," Rummell said in an email to the Times-Union.Rummell, who is active in national, state and local politics, didn't say whether he would participate in Hoffman's ultimatum."And, I totally agree that we as a nation need to focus on laws that would create a safer world for allI am not sure that starting with just an 'ultimatum' is the right first stepWe need a plan, a strategy and tactics," Rummell said.He said starting any process is hard, "especially one that is as serious, complicated and emotional as this is.""Now is the time for us to have a debate that is honest, thoughtful and complete, taking into account all the important issues about how we live practically under the Second Amendment, which I fully support," Rummell said.The discussion, Rummell also said, "needs to end with real transformation and actionable items that bring about real reform, protections and change.""As Americans, it is important for us all to be involved in this processI will always maintain an active civic life and hope that we as a community start today to move toward solutions,” Rummell said.The New York Times reported on Saturday that Rummell was among prominent Republican donors agreeing to contribute only to candidates supporting a ban on assault rifles.Hoffman's ultimatum came in the wake of the fatal mass school shooting in Parkland last Wednesday. A 19-year-old gunman armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle killed 17 students and faculty in a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Nikolas Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the mass shooting that left 14 others wounded including five with life-threatening injuries.Like Rummell, Hoffman is a Florida-based real estate developer. The New York Times reported Hoffman has pledged not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians.Hoffman, who was a leading fund-raiser for George WBush’s campaigns, said he would seek to marshal support among other Republican political donors for a renewed assault weapons ban, according to the newspaper.Hoffman announced his ultimatum in an email sent to half a dozen Republican leaders including Florida GovRick Scott and former governor Jeb Bush, The New York Times said.“I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” Hoffman wrote“Enough is enough!”Scott is considering running for the U.SSenate this year In his email, Hoffman said he won't donate to Scott's campaign, or any other Florida Republicans he has backed in the past, including Representative Brian Mast, if they did not support new gun legislation.Rummell contributed a total of $4,500 to Scott's campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014, Florida Division of Elections records show.He also gave $125,000 to Bush’s “super PAC” in 2016, according to The New York Times.The newspaper reported Rummell has said he is on board with Hoffman’s plan, and will only contribute to candidates supportive of banning assault weaponsIt also reported Rummell said the Parkland shooting was a turning point.“It has to start somewhere,” Rummell said, of controlling guns.To read the complete New York Times story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/17/us/prominent-republican-donor-issues-ultimatum-on-assault-weapons.html.Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075
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