No state official has responded.
"We're calling on our legislators to act now, to demonstrate they can rise above partisan politics to protect the lives of the citizens they were elected to represent," saidPamela Goodman, President of the Florida League.
Dr.Mona Mangat, Chair of Doctors for America, explained why her organization joined the coalition.
"Physicians see firsthand the devastating toll of gun violence on our patients and in our communities," she said. "Everyday gun violence claims the lives of 91 Americans and injures countless others. Many of those who survive carry physical and emotional trauma for the rest of their lives. We simply cannot wait for change any longer. Leaders in Florida must act now to save lives and prevent future tragedies by supporting common-sense gun safety legislation."
"And it's not enough for state legislators to wait for the federal government to act," saidPatricia Brigham, chair of the state League's Gun Safety Committee.
"That's passing the buck," she said. "Demonstrate not just to your constituents but to the National Rifle Association and other gun lobbies that you can think for yourselves andconclude that weapons designed for the battlefield should not be accessible to civilians."
The letter notes that seven states, including California, Massachusetts, and New York, have banned assault weapons and that eight states prohibit large capacity ammunition-feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds.
The Pulse massacre is just the latest example of not only the accessibility of these weapons, but the ease with which they can be bought. The coalition calls for comprehensive universal background checks, including for private parties selling guns.
"Our charge is strengthened by this amazing group of organizations that are willing to take a stand and call out our legislators for inaction," Goodman said.
"Gov. Scott, Sen. Gardiner and Rep. Crisafulli, now is your chance to show you are listening and have the courage to lead before another shooter claims even one more precious life in Florida."