Saturday, March 9, 2013
Advocates hoping to raise awareness to the national conversation on gun violence are promising to wave signs every Wednesday at Edgewater Park until "meaningful legislation" is passed.
Advocates moved by the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary call a strip of grass in front of Edgewater Park in Dunedin their "peace corner." The loose-knit group of 12 or so demonstrators, many from Safety Harbor and Dunedin, promise to wave signs there Wednesday afternoon until "meaningful legislation" for ensuring gun safety is passed. The group's underlying mission is to bring attention to the national dialogue on gun violence and safety laws at a time when bills are being sent to Congress. "It's not going to solve the whole problem," advocate Ann McDowell said gripping a sign with multi-colored glitter letters that read, "STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW!" "But if it saves only one child, our effort will have been worthwhile," she said. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Local city and community leaders from across Florida asked their local legislative officials Monday to stand up and support President Obama's gun violence prevention policies.
City leaders and community activists rallied around the state Monday to advocate for stronger background checks in hopes local legislative leaders would support President Barack Obama's new gun control initiatives. At the St. Petersburg City Hall on Monday, leaders called on U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Indian Shores) to support Obama's gun violence prevention proposals. St. Pete resident Lisa Brown began her speech Monday by reading the names of gun violence victims in St. Pete and Pinellas County. "Officer Crawford." "Paris Whitehead." "Officer Yaslowitz." "Destynee Burkes." She concluded by saying one last name, her son, "Cabretti Wheeler". "All victims of gun violence," Brown said Monday. "Victims that were murdered senselessly. …
Monday, October 22, 2012
A 16-year-old black male teen is the victim in a neighborhood shooting off Pinellas Trail in north Clearwater Sunday night, according to authorities. The teen is at Bayfront Medical Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A Dunedin teen is injured after a Clearwater neighborhood shooting near Pinellas Trail on Sunday night, Clearwater Police report. The 16-year-old black male was found at a residence on Minnesota Drive, off of Fairmont Avenue, about a block off the Pinellas Trail in Clearwater, around 10:25 p.m. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, but as of Monday morning, his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Clearwater authorities said. Clearwater authorities said the victim was not able to provide a suspect description and possible witnesses at the scene are not being cooperative. The investigation is ongoing.