Mockingly nicknamed the “Gunshine” state because of easy accessibility to firearms and gun-friendly laws, Florida has begun to embrace gun restriction laws following the recent Parkland shooting. Home of two of the nation’s worst mass shootings, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida has long lagged behind much of the nation to provide sensible gun laws.

With bipartisan support, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican with an A+ rating and financial support from the National Rifle Association, signed Senate Bill 7026 into effect. This law raises the age for buying all firearms in Florida to 21, imposes a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, arms some educators, prohibits bump stocks and appropriates resources for mental health support.

Still, it is only infant steps, as it does not outright ban assault rifles, AR-15 sales or high-capacity magazines, nor does it strengthen background checks. Resulting from the public pressure raised by the courageous Parkland survivors, this is the first new Florida gun control law in nearly three decades.

America’s toxic love and blind allegiance to firearms is rooted in our nation’s core as the anachronistic Second Amendment. When enacted in 1791, the military and civilians had comparable firearms, but in the centuries since, the caliber, capacity and access of firearms has exponentially increased. The “well-regulated militia,” necessary for national security during the 1700s, is not needed in 2018.

Though well-intended citizens mean to prevent harm by owning guns, for every justifiable homicide there were 34 criminal homicides, 78 gun suicides and two accidental gun deaths. Proposing that a fraction of teachers using handguns may be able to adequately stop a deranged individual’s outburst with an assault rifle, as proposed by SB 7026, remains shockingly ludicrous.

Common sense remains a bipartisan trait, with a recent Quinnipiac poll demonstrating the following:

— 96 percent support background checks for all gun purchases.

— 92 percent support bans on anyone purchasing a gun who has a restraining order for domestic violence or stalking.

— 89 percent support allowing family members to petition a judge to remove guns from a person at risk of violent behavior.

— 75 percent of Florida voters state that the state government must do more to reduce gun violence.

— 62 percent support a ban on assault weapons

— 56 percent oppose allowing educators to carry guns on school grounds

As gun violence has permeated through our nation and Florida, SB 7026 provides a foundation to start a multi-faceted approach of minimizing unnecessary gun-related deaths. Still, more work is needed to further reduce gun violence, such as:

— Ban assault rifles. They are made for one purpose, to kill people. A ban on assault rifles was previously recognized by the apotheosized Republican Ronald Reagan, who proposed the first assault gun ban. This assault-weapons ban lowered murder rates and crimes committed, until its expiration in 2004.

— At minimum, create more rigorous legislation that makes it more difficult to purchase assault rifles, such as mandatory written and field tests, psychiatry and drug screenings, rigorous background checks, longer wait periods before obtaining guns and longitudinal tracking of firearms.

— Enact a robust gun buyback as Australia did, which resulted in suicide and homicide decreases of 57 percent and 42 percent, respectively.

— Increase taxes on guns, in a manner parallel to that of cigarettes, another major cause of morbidity and mortality. As cigarette taxes have increased, smoking frequency and related deaths have decreased.

— Modernize the Second Amendment, as it was made during a different epoch of our country.

— Most importantly ,vote locally and nationally. Do not support blood-stained, NRA-supported candidates (i.e. Marco Rubio and Ted Yoho) who continue to propagate deficient gun laws that have killed innocent Floridians.

Since Sandy Hook, we have experienced empty words and inaction on gun violence. Thoughts and prayers are inadequate at stopping bullets from killing. One pair of working hands can accomplish more than a thousand hands in prayer or on social media.

Action, holding our politicians accountable and voting is what needs be done. In the debate against gun violence, innocent children — our future — are too often this battle’s victims, as seen in Parkland.

Stephen M. Chrzanowski is a MD-PhD candidate at the University of Florida.