High school shooting survivors descend on state's capital

Angry teenagers call for gun law changes after Florida shooting

Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage meet with lawmakers and other state leaders in the state's capital on Wednesday where they have called for gun safety legislation.

It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the United States since the attack. Thousands of students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws on Saturday at a rally in Fort Lauderdale. "What we are for is stronger background checks".

"I don't ever want that to be me or my classmates", Getten said of a potential shooting. "I think we have to have this conversation about gun control".

And at a news conference Wednesday, Broward County, Florida, Sheriff Scott Israel ordered all deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds. Others carried signs with #NeverAgain.

"It's very scary and knowing that a lot of people do not have this opportunity to be here is mind-blowing", Stoneman Douglas student Julia Cordover told Trump.

As an extra safety net, the government encourages professionals like mental health providers to report anyone they suspect of being unsafe, and has created a database listing all gun license refusals.

They want to change gun and mental health laws to prevent future school shootings.

"The only objective of an assault weapon like this is to kill", Yared said. In Spartanburg County, South Carolina, a ninth-grader allegedly posted a photo of himself on Snapchat wearing a mask and showing an assault rifle with the words "round 2 of Florida tomorrow." As NPR Illinois reports, Moylan says he does not believe this proposal would be an intrusion on second amendment rights. "But we can not protect our guns before we protect our children", the 17-year-old said. What we need is action because people are losing their lives.

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting.

"The legislation needs to change, because we've fallen victim to lazy legislation for far too long", he said.

"We lost 17 lives but the ripple effects throughout the city are devastating. Help us so no one else dies".

Southern Regional students joined others schools and advocacy groups nationwide organizing walkouts to protest gun violence.

Under pressure after Parkland, the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school, Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to quickly complete a proposed rule that would treat "bump stocks" as machine guns, which could effectively outlaw them in the United States.

Fellow student Delaney Tarr said she had prom and grades on her mind before the shooting.

"I lost my best friend. And we are going to be voting you out", he said.

The meeting comes a day after he backed a move to ban devices that can enable rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. Defense attorneys, state records and people who knew him indicate that he displayed behavioral troubles for years, including getting kicked out of the Parkland school.

Previous efforts to introduce gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings in recent years have gone nowhere in the US Congress.

As they took up their fight in Tallahassee, students from Palm Beach to Washington walked out in solidarity - disgusted by yet another school massacre with no change in gun laws.

Mike Barton, the district's chief academic officer, said officials respect the students' views but want to ensure they express their opinions safely. "Meanwhile, we can't even get a single debate, vote, or hearing on anything related to assault weapons".

The White House has said the idea of raising the age limit to buy an AR-15 was on the table for discussion.

The House is considering a similar bill that does not restrict gun access to the premise during school hours. The plan would raise the legal age for owning an assault rifle from 18 to 21 and add a three day waiting period.

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