Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

USA stars give backing to Florida shooting survivors' gun control march

USA stars give backing to Florida shooting survivors' gun control march

What are your reactions to what these students of Stoneman Douglas High School share? That is, a Florida Senate committee has expressed support for placing weapon-carrying police officers within every Florida public school (whereas only half of schools now have them). Republican politicians offer "thoughts and prayers" to those affected, Democratic politicians call for more gun control, and then no policy is able to get passed.

In the wake of school shootings, there are often discussions of activism and tighter gun control, but the counterpoint seems to always be that it is too early to rally around a tragedy.

Alfsonso Calderon, a 16-year-old junior, said he was interested in becoming a lawyer but might rethink that after last week's events.

The couple claims that while they believed their houseguest was depressed, he showed no warning signs of violence and never saw him acting out.

Survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting also are planning a "March For Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24.

Leon students greeted their counterparts from Parkland, and the Stoneman Douglas students addressed a crowd of them, along with local and national media.

"Very sad that the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter".


Students across Florida walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to push for gun law reform.

"[A ban] may not happen in the next year, or two years, but it's most likely going to happen again", Forum added.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 people, including students and teachers.

At Forsyth Central High School, 17 minutes of silence were observed on Wednesday afternoon. I was brought to tears multiple times reading and watching videos of what these kids went through, but some still try to bring them down so they can't speak out.

"I think it's going to take a few more trips back to get what we want", one student said.

Another Stoneman Douglas student, Diego Pfeiffer, outlined a vision for an array of developing movements, from the "Never Again" movement started by the Stoneman Douglas students in Tallahassee to the "March For Our Lives" rally planned for late March in Washington. "But NRA backed bills don't have a problem", said Senator Gary Farmer, who holds the seat for district 34. "We want to demonstrate that by having resource officers at our schools for a period of time".

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