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Today on Context Florida: Gun control compromise, national parks and Donald Trump

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Today on Context Florida:

Marc Yacht asks if another gun tragedy, such as the recent Lafayette, La., theater shooting will finally lead to change. The two sides, pro-gun and pro-regulation must sit down. Both issues need attention: mental health services and sensible gun policy. Mental health needs are cited by both groups. Perhaps, that’s a good place to begin needed collaboration.

Florida’s nine national parks are suffering, Joseph H. Carter says, needing about $190 million in crucial maintenance left unfunded and neglected at the end of the last fiscal year, the National Park Service reports. The issue is bigger than White House action, though.

Donald Trump ahead in the polls? Jac Wilder VerSteeg says Republicans must be crazy! Another way to look at the polls is about 80 percent of Republicans do not say Donald Trump is their top choice. That illustrates why Republicans are not as crazy as they’re often portrayed for creating the Trump Bump, and why the traditional nominating process remains a serious problem for them.

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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.

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