Polsky’s Voting Record on Gun Control Called Into Question By Opponent
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Polsky’s Voting Record on Gun Control Called Into Question By Opponent

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The race for Florida State Senate District 29 has only become more contentious as Tina Polsky (D) has continuously slammed former Florida Rep. Irvin Slosberg (D) of being a pro-gun lawmaker.

The two State Senate hopefuls recently took part in an online debate that only fueled the rivalry even further, but now Polsky is receiving criticism fr0m her opponent Slosberg for having walked away from the SB 7030 vote.

With SB 730, the legislation authorized that guns would be present in schools, and this was legislation that Democrats overwhelmingly opposed. In fact, a number of similar bills also received pushback from lawmakers and gun control groups.

The bill required “the Office of Safe Schools to annually provide training for specified personnel” along with “requiring district school boards and school district superintendents to partner with security agencies to establish or assign safe-school officers.”

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On the final vote, Polsky left the room and did not vote initially, but later returned and cast her vote after the official roll call. 

Polsky’s “No” vote was based on her belief that teachers should not be allowed to carry a weapon in classrooms because of the chance that an accident could occur. Polsky recently spoke out against the bill on the floor of the House, as well as whipped votes against it.

In the recent debate, Slosberg slammed Polsky for a string of advertisements released from PACs that are tied to Polsky, which paint him as a candidate that is pro-guns.

“Everything that is put out by myself or a political committee is verified,” she argued, adding that “the citations are there.”

Polsky also commented that “one’s voting record is very relevant to this Senate race and therefore I think it’s perfectly reasonable to put out information about one’s voting record,” noting that “none of these are personal attacks and none of these are lies.”

However, with her own voting record now being called to question, voters are now wondering how that could change the course of the election.

“I didn’t vote for guns in schools, guns in nightclubs, guns anywhere,” Slosberg asserted. But, as both Democrats try to convince voters of their gun-control stance, voters will ultimately decide who will take on the Republican hopeful in the upcoming 2020 election.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.