DeSantis to veto state funding for $35 million Rays training facility after team pleas for donations to pro-gun control group

Mark Heim

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to veto a $35 million legislation for a Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training facility.

DeSantis’s decision, according to Outkick, is in response to the Rays “politicizing” recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde ahead of a matchup with the Yankees in May.

Here is the Rays’ statement:

“We all deserve to be safe – in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses and America. The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the core. The Tampa Bay Rays are mourning these heartbreaking tragedies that took the lives of innocent children and adults.

Tropicana Field before the game. Author : elisfkc

“This cannot become normal. We cannon become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes.

“The Rays organization stands committed to actionable change and has made a $50,000 commitment to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund. Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Rather than our usual game coverage on social media tonight, we’ve partnered with Everyone to amplify facts about gun violence in America.

“We understand that no single organization can solves this crisisalone, but working together, we can make an impact. We invite you to join us and do what you can, when you can, where you can – because our lives depend on it.”

On Thursday, there was a shooting outside an Iowa church in which a man fatally shot two women before apparently killing himself.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Author : Gage Skidmore

The shooting follows mass shootings across the nation in recent weeks that have roiled the country. Those include last week’s shooting by an 18-year-old gunman, who killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and an attack Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a gunman killed his surgeon and three other people at a Tulsa medical office. On May 14 in Buffalo, New York, a white man carried out what officials say was a racially-motivated attack on a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, killing 10 people.

Mark Heim is a reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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