Gun-violence survivors, families call for background check legislation

By Kristin Giannas, Reporter, kgiannas@clickorlando.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 03:35:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2013 10:57:30 PM EDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Once a busy Casselberry hair salon, now a vacant storefront. Six months ago, gun in hand, Bradford Baumet stormed into the hair salon off Semoran Boulevard and fired six shots at his estranged girlfriend, Marcia Santiago, then shot and killed the owner, a worker, and a customer, Gladys Cabrera.

Cabrera's son, Andy Jimenez, said that moment changed everything for him. He's now calling for stricter background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun.

"I'm dedicated on this for life," said Jimenez. "I think to myself that when I dedicate time to doing this type of event, I'm dedicating time to my mom, and also trying to help out all those innocent victims."

Jimenez shared his story at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, along with other survivors of gun violence and their families. Some are pushing lawmakers to strengthen gun laws for the first time in decades.

In 2007, Sean Council was murdered in Orlando, shot while riding his bike home. His mother, Gatha Council, said it's another example of a system that's failing.

"In order for us to take control, and to control the streets, is to remove the guns off the streets," said Gatha Council.

The National Rifle Association has fired back, saying, "Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime, and will not keep our kids safe in schools."

Regarding next week's debate in the senate, the NRA is also expected to issue another response.

The NRA is in favor of having armed guards in schools, but not expanded background checks, or bans on weapons.

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