GOP Florida Mayor Turns On His Party, Calls For The Ban On ‘Military-Style’ Weapons: ‘My Prayers Aren’t Working’
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos called on City Council members on Tuesday to ban “military-style” weapons and put other restrictions on gun sales while claiming that he’s tired of hearing “thoughts and prayers” after every mass shooting in America.
State lawmakers have prohibited Florida cities from regulating firearms on their own, but Cretekos has asked for elected officials to press Congress to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and to pass a national “red flag” law and expanded background checks, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Cretekos, who is a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, claimed that his prayers have not done much to stop mass shootings and that it’s time to take actual action.
“I’ve gone to church, I’ve prayed,” said Cretekos. “My prayers aren’t working.”
The mayor needs two more of the council’s five members to get the measure a vote at Thursday’s meeting after councilman Jay Polglaze gave his support.
The council’s two Republicans, Dave Allbritton and Hoyt Hamilton, gave the typical excuse as to why they wouldn’t support the resolution.
“When you outlaw guns, only outlaws are going to have guns,” Hamilton said.
But Cretekos noted that the 1994-2004 ban worked, and he said those restrictions likely could have limited the carnage in El Paso and Dayton.
“I appeal to your conscience,” Cretekos said. “What are we going to say to our residents if something like an Odessa, or an El Paso or a Dayton happens in Clearwater?”