It’s Time for Change

In an op-ed piece recently published in The Atlantic, Heather Sher, a radiologist affiliated with hospitals in the Broward Health system, wrote about working in the trauma center on Feb. 14 as victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School began to arrive.

One of the CT scans she reviewed indicated “gunshot wound.” When she looked at the scan, the organ damaged by the bullet “looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer.”

Kyle Laman, a 15-year-old student at MSD, suffered a single bullet wound to the right foot and ankle during the shooting—but he’ll need four surgeries, skin grafts and a year of rehab. In an interview with TMZ, Laman’s mother, Marie, compared the injury to something you might see on “Walking Dead.”

“The top of my son’s foot was shot off; they had to reconstruct his whole foot,” Marie said.

These wounds were the work of bullets fired from a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, the weapon used to kill 17 students and teachers at MSD and wound more than a dozen others. It’s a bullet, Sher wrote in her Atlantic piece, which “passes through the body like a cigarette boat traveling at maximum speed through a tiny canal.” It leaves displaced tissue “damaged or killed,” and it can leave exit wounds “the size of an orange.”

These are the bullets, and these are the guns, that the student activists at MSD—and voices for sensible 21st century gun legislation throughout the country—are clamoring to have banned.

Lifestyle Media Group proudly stands with these voices pushing for change.

According to the website procon.org, the U.S. has 88.8 guns per 100 people—some 270 million overall guns, the highest per capita figure on the planet. Prohibiting current and future generations from purchasing weapons intended for war—like the AR-15 or the Sig Sauer MCSX rifle used in the Pulse nightclub shooting—may not significantly diminish that per capita figure.

But it may save lives.

Defenders of the second amendment will charge that their right to keep and bear arms, as ratified in 1791, covers all rifles and handguns. But even the late Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court justice hailed as a conservative hero, wrote in his famous 2008 opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller, that the second amendment is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Even the second amendment has limits. Maybe, 227 years later, it’s about time to set some.

This certainly isn’t a time for baby steps and moral victories. It’s a time to reassess and revamp gun laws with Swiss cheese-like loopholes. It’s a time to follow the lead of the 17- and 18-year-olds at MSD and pressure politicians on both sides of the aisle to think beyond the ballot box. It’s a time for politicians to represent the needs of their constituents, instead of the demands of their special interest groups.

And it’s a time for us, as a nation, to look beyond our borders and consider how other civilized countries handle their gun business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people in the U.S. die in firearm-related incidents each year. In Japan, the chance of being killed by a bullet is 1 in 10 million.

World Health Organization data shows that Americans are six times more likely to be killed with a gun than any other high-income nation. In 2016, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the U.S. had more violent gun deaths per 100,000 than every country in the Middle East except for Iraq.

Only a fraction of those deaths can be traced to weapons like the AR-15. But let’s start there. Let’s honor the 17 who died in Parkland and act on the discussion started by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Gary Press

Chairman, SFBW and Lifestyle Media Group

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.