Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims' families support school safety reform

Students attending a Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed may be exempt from the state's high-stakes standardized tests.

"Gun laws right now are not achievable. She should have been safe in the school", said Pollack on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "This will be messaged as, you're pulling teachers out of guns in the classroom, but that is not what is going on here".

"The president thinks we need to expedite the process". That's always getting twisted into gun laws and gun control.

USA school students at a Washington rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. The problem is lawmakers aren't exactly seeing eye to eye on what the right solutions are.

"I want to make a difference", said Moskowitz, a graduate of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed in a shooting on February 14.

On Sunday, he explained his focus on advocacy in the wake of the tragedy.

"This being passed would not only make me want to quit as a young teacher who's just starting out, but also my coworkers would be standing by me as well", said Mackay. "I had to hide behind desks and hold the hands of my classmates, shaking and praying, hearing the gunshots outside of my door", said Meiling Hoshing, a junior at Stoneman Douglas High.

The father has been to the White House twice and spoken one-on-one with President Donald Trump. "My kid was murdered in that school, so there's no one that could feel the way I do".

Although they also disagreed with parts of the bill, they appreciated the Legislature's multi-faceted response to the shooting, including more restrictions on gun purchases and additional funding for hardening schools and boosting mental health services. In addition, the legislation bans bump stocks, attachments which can turn semi-automatic weapons into machine guns.

Under the current bill, teachers who do double-duty as coaches, tutors or other campus tasks would be eligible to serve as guardians after getting special training - if their district and sheriff's offices agree to participate in the program.

Legislators debated dozens of amendments to the 100-page bill Saturday before approving the measure for a Monday vote.

State Senator Kelli Stargel, a Republican, argued that banning assault weapons could be a slippery slope.

"I have begged, I have pleaded, I have clawed, I have sold s-- I never thought I would to get this provision out of the bill", he said. If amended, it will go back to the Senate.

"Some of the pieces that we play have a attractive story behind it, and I think it's better to look at the beauty of it than the sadness", clarinet player Mackenzie Hurst said. Bill Montford of Tallahassee.

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