Florida legislators won't hear assault rifle ban following HS shooting
Florida legislators won't hear assault rifle ban following HS shooting
Accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas gunman Nikolas Cruz returned to court Monday afternoon
21 February, 2018, 15:09
The deaths of 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday has started the familiar debate on gun laws after a mass shooting - but what's different is students are leading the charge and becoming a powerful voice.
About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile (640-kilometre) trip on three buses.
Trump's skirting of the facts comes as no surprise, but here is one fact that can not be ignored: An expelled student with lethal intentions carried a weapon created to be used in warfare into the school, pulled a fire alarm and idly picked off students and teachers as they tried to flee the building. But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see.
We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. "And that's why we're marching and that's why we're here talking to our senators and our representatives". My message for the people in office is: You're either with us or against us.
Will you be supporting student-led protests in the next few months?
At a vigil for the victims, a crowd of more than 1,000 people, consisting largely of students, chanted, "No more guns!"
That, Clinch said, "gives me some encouragement that this generation is not just able to understand and communicate about what is happening around them but is also putting themselves in a position to control the narrative and make a difference in their own futures".
"I just hope it shows that Tallahassee supports them, the country supports them, we as individuals support them", said Mary Lou Skelley.
"They sent us to school to get a thorough education and they act shocked that we're educated". Other social media posts show a photo of a rifle, a collection of firearms on a bed, and a photo taken through a scope looking out a window. The adults have had plenty to say about gun regulation and violence over the years.
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Rebeca Rojas, 14, a freshman at West Boca, said, "We have a right to protest". He added that his administration was working hard to respond to the Florida rampage.
The White House said Trump planned to host "a listening session" with high school students and teachers on Wednesday, but did not specify which students or school would be involved. Florida has a reputation for expanding and not restricting gun rights. Some have called for a boycott of schools until gun laws are changed. While Scott told reporters several times that "everything is on the table", he did not answer whether his proposal would include any bans on any type of weapons.
On Sunday, the 18-year-old Gonzalez urged politicians to join a conversation about gun control - citing Trump as well as Florida Sen. He also pledged to increase spending on school safety programs and on mental health treatment.
Kendrick Hong, a 14-year-old West Boca High freshman, said the school was having a moment of silence for Douglas, which was to last 17 minutes, but kids got frustrated and said, "let's go!" Police also were repeatedly called to his house throughout his childhood. Cruzs lawyers said there were many warning signs that he was mentally unstable and potentially violent.
Our background check system for purchasing guns only looks at felony convictions, domestic violence, addiction to illegal drugs and involuntary commitments due to mental illness. Six deadlier shootings, and countless others, went by without any legislative changes to our gun laws.
The information should have been sent to the FBI Miami Field Office but was never forwarded, officials said. It will only increase the number of guns in circulation and I totally believe that was the only objective in the first place: more profits for the gun dealers.
Amy Kohli, a junior at South Broward High School who watched the videos posted from inside Stoneman Douglas, said she believes they helped bring urgency and perspective.
"I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association... How can you say no to that?"
Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Florida.
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