Florida teens demand politicians act on guns
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 8:03
Hundreds of students from West Boca Raton High School, a school located over 10 miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, walked out of class on Tuesday to show solidarity for the victims of last week's school shooting. The rallies are being planned with help from various groups, including organizers of the Women's March, and have gained support from several prominent Democrats and gun-control groups, according to Alex Wind, one of the student organizers.
Last week's massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand legislative action.
Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby.
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Wilson said he knows the students "want something to happen", and they need "a moment to come and make their case". However, a shred of optimism can be seen in the reactions from students at Marjory Stoneman who, fed up with adult inaction on gun control, have begun protesting and organizing themselves.
Cruz faces 17 counts of first-degree murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, is being held at the Broward County Jail without bond.
But the Republican-controlled state House won't even consider the debate, defeating the motion 36-71 and effectively killing it for this legislative session.
Twisted gunman Stephen Paddock, 65, used bump stocks during the Las Vegas massacre - killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
"The Never Again movement started formulating, and we got to work", Grady said.
"This is it", he continued.
"They have to realize that it shouldn't have to take such a big tragedy and me losing my close friend, my teacher and all these innocent kids losing their lives protecting each other - it shouldn't take that to make a change", said Melissa Camilo, 15, a freshman. "If there's no vote, this is just going to be a bunch of noise". All I hear is mine, mine, mine, mine.
On Monday, Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican, said he spoke to Paul Ryan and he says the speaker wants to get something done.
"I had no issue with anyone having a gun of any caliber", said Kashuv, as he rode in the bus to Tallahassee.
Lawmakers will probably say that getting a new bill passed is almost impossible with only two and a half weeks left in the legislative session. "My innocence ― our innocence ― has been taken from us". Senior Delaney Tarr, who just days ago was anxious about Valentine's Day flowers, college acceptances and prom dresses, gave a sobering account of how her life has changed since surviving the violence.
While the student activists repeatedly expressed optimism and hope for constructive conversations and changes to USA gun laws, the politicians who appeared on Sunday's shows expressed great skepticism that anything would change soon.
But conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, speaking on the same show, said neither legislation nor marches are the answer.
One such effort would allow gun owners who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state to legally bring that weapon into another state.
"If we are really serious about protecting the kids, we need a mechanism to be defensive".