Alameda students, parents protest gun violence
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 1:18
Teens at Miami Edison High in Northeast Miami-Dade walked around the track in their school, holding signs showing that they not only stand in solidarity with the victims of the Parkland shooting, but with the victims of the many other mass shootings.
Dozens of students packed into a room at the statehouse to meet legislators.
"We must do more to protect our children", said Trump, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights. We are coming after you.
"If adults aren't going to do something, it's our time", she said. "This issue should never be partisan". Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island told the students. Yet as they fight to change the future, more questions are emerging about the suspected school shooter's past.
"I'm frustrated, but it will not falter me", said Alfonso Calderon. "I want to see those people".
Are the marches Republican or Democrat?Bill Galvano. "Everything was strewn across the halls from people running and dodging and there were significant blood splatters on the wall".
Earlier this week, the White House said Trump is open to tighter background checks for gun purchases.
"Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him...you didn't know this kid".
Galvano and other lawmakers are working on a package of reforms created to make schools safer.
Activists planned a walkout and a march on the Tallahassee Capitol in an effort to strengthen gun laws in the state.
Investigators said the assault was carried out by 19-year-old former Stoneman student Nikolas Cruz, who purchased an AR-15 almost a year ago. That bill was debated on the House floor Tuesday afternoon.
Emma Gonzales, among many students in Florida, is advocating for gun control, explaining that older arguments that guns are as unsafe as knives and that gun control will not reduce gun violence is "BS". "I don't think that [a ban] is the solution". Some school districts, including Leon County in Tallahassee, are offering excused absences from the classroom for students to attend.
One of the groups met with Attorney General Pam Bondi in a private meeting to discuss mental health issues.
Thousands of students from Maryland also rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday with similar demands. "Let us wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow".
He says two big things need to change when it comes to gun control.
Calls for national student walk-outs and marches in the coming months have gained steam on social media, including the "March for Our Lives" on March 24 in Washington, spearheaded by Stoneman students.