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Mental Health Screenings A Must For Gun-Toting Floridians

MGN Online

More data has been released from the annual Sunshine State Survey.

This time, it shows that 85 percent of Floridians want people buying a gun or getting a gun license to get mental health screenings first.

According to survey director Susan MacManus, almost all Floridians agree on this issue.

“This is probably the most solid and most consensual opinion that we've seen in virtually the entire Sunshine State Survey,” she said.

This fifth annual survey of Floridians also shows that women were most in favor of the screenings.

MacManus said this information highlights how Floridians are linking mental health and recent mass shootings.

“When the perpetrator or the accused is finally captured and you peel back, what do you see almost always?” she asked. “There is a link to some kind of mental health problem.”

Only 3 percent of the 1,200 adults surveyed had no opinion on this issue.

WUSF News intern Ariana Matos is a senior studying mass communications at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before joining WUSF, Matos worked at the USF’s student newspaper, The Oracle, as a correspondent and as editor of the Lifestyle section.
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