Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Stoneman Douglas Survivors Perform Original Song 'Shine' for Shooting Victims

Stoneman Douglas Survivors Perform Original Song 'Shine' for Shooting Victims

On the defensive after the Florida school shooting rampage that killed 17, GOP Sen.

One day after meeting with survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., - and victims of other mass shootings - the president met with local and state officials on the topic. Some dedicated their speaking time to thanking the president for his leadership. "I'm here to use my voice because he can't", Zeif said. "I'm sitting with a mother that lost her son", he said through tears. He and his friends get spooked when a vehicle drives by, and they're scared to walk into a public park now, he said. I don't understand the politics, to be honest, if I'm being honest.

He recounted how his best friend was shot to death and how the loss gutted his heart. A new poll by Quinnipiac University suggested that 67% of Americans back a nationwide ban on assault rifles-a higher percentage than after Sandy Hook.

"If I have to drop everything else in my life just to make these changes happen, I will", Prado said. The pupils, in their late teens, started their education after a massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, in which 13 were killed.

For now they're taking it day by day.

Numerous demonstrations were visible on Snapchat and involved a number of high schools. We need to hold our politicians accountable for their perpetual inaction. And that's why we're here. Gingrich's proposition that we put more guns into schools is irresponsible, irrational, and would only magnify this epidemic.

"It was just so heartbreaking to see how many (voters') names were up there, especially after it was my school", Sheryl Acquaroli, a 16-year-old junior at Stoneman Douglas who was watching, told CNN.

Despite their determination, the students and their supporters are not likely to get what they really want: a ban on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles. Including the AR. They have limited magazines sizes.

Leaving aside the issues of training, equipment and skill, we should also consider that teachers themselves are not immune to mental illness, nor spared the stresses that can cause any person to do something awful with a gun.

She recalled lessons learned about the Second Amendment in her history classes, but said the right to bear arms "does not and will never overpower the individuals right to life and liberty".

"No longer can I walk the halls I walked billions of times before without fear and sadness", Florence said. But these are not weapons of defense. That drew jeers. Visibly angry, Guttenberg responded: "That is a weapon of war".

Zeif's texts with his younger brother Matthew, who was hiding one floor above him during the Parkland shooting, circulated on the internet during the shooting. "Then it occurred to me that my 14-year-old brother was directly above me in that classroom where (teacher) Scott Beigel was murdered".

President Donald Trump, who waited 20 hours before addressing America about the tragedy but is unlikely to have missed the students on the Sunday talk shows, said he backed a bill to improve background checks on those who buy firearms.

The eyes of the nation will be on Tallahassee Wednesday as high school students from around the state call on lawmakers to take action following the deadly shooting in Parkland on February 14.

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