Today in Context Florida: Christie love, Florida politics and the weather, illegal guns and the Wesley Chapel shooting

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Today in Context Florida, Steve Kurlander starts by professing his admiration for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom he sees as the “last great hope” to take the GOP – as well as the American political system — to political viability.

John Grant likens Florida’s political climate to its weather — if you do not like it, just wait a while, it will change.

Illegal guns are not welcome in St. Petersburg, Ben Kirby writes. Mayor Rick Kriseman just signed the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles, joining 44 other mayors across Florida in an effort to increase the penalties for illegal guns.

Speaking of guns, retired Tampa police captain Curtis Reeves should have never brought his gun into the Wesley Chapel theater where he shot Chad Oulson after an altercation, Cary McMullen says. “More guns mean less gun violence” is not the answer.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.