Rep. Francis Rooney holds town halls in Collier, Lee counties

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Posted by WINK News on Thursday, February 22, 2018


Congressman Francis Rooney hosted two town hall meetings Thursday to listen to the thoughts, concerns, and suggestions of Southwest Florida residents.

Palmetto Ridge High School student, Dhael Monfisten, organized a protests to be held outside Rooney’s town hall meeting in Collier County in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

“Today in class there was a girl she was trying to open the door and it wouldn’t open and then there was a loud bang and all of us kind of just … we panicked, because now we’re just so paranoid.”

Monfisten’s plan is to make sure student voices continue to be heard.

“I don’t expect any immediate action I do hope the local politicians will understand its not just the adults that want change but its the students that want change too,” Monfisten said.

While Rooney said he does not support taking away second amendment rights, he does have other plans to keep students safe.

“I am for making sure people who are dangerous don’t get guns,” Rooney said.

During the town hall meeting in Marco Island, Rooney said he does not take money from the NRA and never will. He added, he would need to study bump stocks more to make a decision on his stance.

Collier County 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church
350 S. Barfield Drive,
Marco Island, FL 34135

Lee County 
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Caloosahatchee Room
Lee County Public Education Center
2855 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, Florida 33966


Reporter:Jessica Alpern
Writer:Emily Luft