Today in Context Florida: guns at the movies, election fallacies, specialized lottery tickets and volunteering

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

Daniel Tilson is eagerly awaiting Florida’s 2014 midterm elections, where he expects several closely held beliefs to fall, like Gov. Rick Scott’s assertion that the GOP will “win big” in the fall. Facts are discarded like “yesterday’s trash,” Tilson notes.

A special State Lottery ticket to promote and fund breast cancer research is an “interesting idea,” says Karen Cyphers, but one with little chance for success. For the reasons why, just look at the history of Florida specialty license tags.

Maritza Martinez calls for everyone to add volunteering to the “short list” of things to accomplish during the year. Exercising good citizenship will lead to a happy, more “exclamation-centric” life.

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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.