Florida candidates flock to Jacksonville prior to the anticipated primary

The shooting in the Jacksonville shopping center, which you can see here, has a new gun revives debate in Florida.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chris McFarland rubbed the bald patches of skin stitches outlined just above his left ear just before the doctors released him from the Trauma center at Memorial Hospital.

The 31-year-old gamer saw his life flash before his eyes Sunday after a bullet in his head grazed, during the mass shooting at the “Madden NFL 19” video-game tournament. “What [would] happen if I shoot in a different position, [or] if he had decided to, a few more bullets?” McFarland asked.

Chris McFarland shows where the bullet grazed his head, the Sunday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, on the state, the shooting has the gun revives debate, in front of one of the most anticipated primaries this year. Candidates from both sides of the aisle re-routed their campaign stop in Jacksonville, and address for Sunday shoot.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said the shooter, David Katz, 24, wore two legally purchased firearms in the Chicago Pizza restaurant on Sunday afternoon and used one of the weapons, killing two people and injuring several others before he the gun on himself.

Gwen Graham, a former Congressman are currently seeking the democratic nomination for Governor, said at a panel discussion on Monday, “I’ve talked about gun safety every single day.”

Just about every candidate for Senate and Governor, echoed Graham’s frustration – but they offered different solutions.

Current, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is the changing of the gears, wherein the target seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s.

“How much longer must take Florida?” Nelson, a swarm of reporters asked, in front of the Jacksonville Landing on Monday.

Scott arrived in Jacksonville the night before.

“What causes a person to say, indiscriminately, ‘I’m going to go shoot someone?'” Scott asked.

He said: “something changed” in the way young men to appreciate life; he believes that the understanding that the factor will be to set the key a stop to these heinous shootings.

Also rushing to the town, as the news of the shooting broke: gubernative candidate Chris King, a Democrat, said he “had to get out here as fast as possible.”

Flanked by gun-control characters, and grieving parents, their children lost to gun violence, the king said to Fox News “For me, a tragedy in Jacksonville, a Problem that I feel so passionate about, it was important to come here.”

Fox News also spoke of Philip Levine, a former Miami Beach mayor and other democratic gubernatorial candidate, while he toured in a local college.

“Every day these tragedies happen, it is more of a bigger wake-up call that we need to move forward, and that is to say, the people must vote,” Levine said. “And if I am honored, Governor, I’ll make sure that we change these laws.”

Levine and many of his Democratic opponent called for stricter background checks, ban assault rifles and to prevent people with mental problems from obtaining weapons.

Other democratic candidates for Governor aired their grievances on Twitter.

It is time to stand up to the NRA, their lobbyists, such as Marion Hammer, and all of the politicians that they have over the years bought. We NEED to change the demand. The time to stand up is NOW. #FlaPol #FLGov #Sayfie

— Jeff Greene (@JeffGreeneFL) August 27, 2018

Entrepreneur Jeff Greene tweeted, in part, “It is time to speak out against the NRA.”

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum wrote, “We can’t just let this be the new normal.”

We don’t know much about the shoot yet, but I know that this gun violence has to stop epidemic. We can become not just leave this to the new normality. Too many lives are extinguished far too quickly. We lift these families up in prayer, as we fight to end this epidemic.

— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 26, 2018

Republican candidates focused on the prayers and support for the families of the victims and rescue workers.

Thanks to the first answer of @JSOPIO for heading in a terrible situation at the Jacksonville Landing. Thanks also to @FLGovScott for the provision of state resources.

— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) August 26, 2018

Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis tweeted his “thanks to the first responders of @JSOPIO for heading in a terrible situation.”

Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of agriculture, cancelled his rally work in Jacksonville in response to the rotation and the prayers online.

Our prayers are with the families of the victims in Jacksonville. Please follow @JSOPIO for updates, and cooperate with first responders and law enforcement at the scene.

— Adam Putnam (@Adam Putnam) August 26, 2018

Scott’s GOP opponent, the Roque De La Fuente, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The attack on Sunday followed a string of mass shootings in Florida in the last few years – including the Parkland high school massacre, which left 17 dead in February, and shot and killed five people at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport last year, and the pulse club shooting night killed by the 49 in the year 2016.

Now, Floridians get the chance to make your voice heard in the voting booths, which close at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Emilie Ikeda is a multimedia reporter based in Atlanta.

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