Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

School shooting survivors demand stricter gun laws

School shooting survivors demand stricter gun laws

President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims of the horrific school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring "the job they've done is incredible".

Since the shooting, Trump has faced teary pleas from some relatives of the dead including Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was killed.

In his 2000 book "The America We Deserve" Trump seemed to take a different stance especially in regards to assault weapons. "Let's protect Barron. And let's also protect all these other kids", she said on CNN, her voice raising to a shout. But go ahead, I'll let you finish.

U.S. authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs.

"I'm calling every pastor and every ministry leader in America to dedicate this Sunday (Feb. 18) as a call to prayer and intercession for all the families and communities who were impacted by Wednesday's awful attack", he said. "I'm sorry for your losses, and I will be thinking about you constantly".

From a spiritual perspective, there's nothing wrong with thoughts and prayers.

"I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth - but people whose lives have been totally shattered", Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Cruz has been charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami, on Wednesday. "This is impossible. My girl, my 14-year-old baby".

As he departed the White House, Trump ignored shouted questions from journalists about a report in The New Yorker magazine that he had an affair in 2006 with a Playboy model.

"And so, I'm asking - no, demanding - we take action now. Why?"

In a national address after the murder of 17 students and teachers at a Florida school, President Trump avoided any mention of guns or gun control, which is an astonishing omission given the circumstances.

Trump said Thursday he will visit Parkland at some point, but it's unclear if that will happen this weekend.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" said Emma Gonzalez, assailing Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby - and prompting the crowd to chant in turn: "Shame on you!".

President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders.

As with previous mass shootings, the focus of gun control advocates was on the ready availability of the AR-15, a semi-automatic civilian version of the USA military's standard-issue M16.

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