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

'Shame on you,' student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

'Shame on you,' student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

She also condemned the National Rifle Association, which opposes laws that it says violate gun owners' rights.

Wednesday's massacre, which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has fueled urgent calls for an end to the national deadlock over gun control - with a string of shooting survivors rallying behind the cause.

Holding signs that read "Never Again", demonstrators called on the United States government to take action to prevent future violence.

Emma Gonzalez survived the disgusting shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 and she bravely spoke out to the public, especially President Donald Trump, 71, on February 17 about the need for stricter gun control in the country.

On Friday, Trump visited a Florida hospital and met with people wounded in the shooting as well as first responders. With both parents dead, Cruz moved in with the family of a classmate, who knew about his fascination with guns.

On Saturday, Trump called city officials again to offer his condolences, but the topic of gun control was never mentioned in his remarks. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" "Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez is a hero", one Twitter user posted.

The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a tip-off about suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the shooting at a high school in Parkland in which 17 people died.

"We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn't just a mental health issue", Emma Gonzalez, an 18-year-old student at the school, told hundreds demonstrators gathered on the steps of a federal building.

"He wouldn't have harmed that many students with a knife", Gonzalez added.

"If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a awful tragedy and. how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association", said Gonzalez.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you", as the crowd joined in with cries of "Shame on you!"

Ms Gonzalez said the victims of the shooting would be "the kids you read about in textbooks".

As she wiped tears from her face, the audience echoed her call, chanting: "Shame on you".

"We will be the last mass shooting", she said in her speech.

"Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS", Gonzalez said. Despite calls for the show to be canceled, there were more than $5 million worth of guns and accessories on display, organizers said, including dozens of assault-style rifles.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the answer to school violence is to keep guns away from people who should not have them.

He said the Justice Department is working with other agencies to "study the intersection of mental health and criminality".

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