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Florida students rally for gun control

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/19/18, 01:15 pm

At a rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., students, parents, and activists called for stricter gun control laws to prevent school shootings like the one that killed 17 high schoolers last week in South Florida. Hundreds gathered there and across the country calling for measures ranging from universal background checks to banning the AR-15 rifle used by shooter Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Some students directed their criticism at President Donald Trump, who on Saturday tweeted Democrats should have passed gun control legislation during former President Barack Obama’s tenure. “You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglas, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press. The White House said the president would hold a listening session with unspecified students Wednesday and meet Thursday with state and local security officials from Florida. James Ciaramello, a freshman in the Stoneman Douglas’ JROTC program, was heartbroken by the massacre but skeptical firearms regulations could have prevented it. “He’s just messed up,” Ciaramello said of Cruz, a former JROTC participant at the school. “I mean, tighter gun control, it’s not gonna help. There’s always a way around it.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Slats
    Posted: Mon, 02/19/2018 03:40 pm

    Seems like a better, more impartial report that AP same subject , 19th Feb. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 02/19/2018 09:04 pm

    Definitely, even with a very broad view of the rights stated by the Second Amendment, there are people who should not be allowed to have firearms.

    It is startling, to me at least, that there has been so much laxness in the reporting of people who have convictions, histories of mental illness, and other reasons to be banned from firearms possession. The shooter at the Texas church had a domestic violence conviction, iirc, that the military failed to report  

    But worse in my opinion is that law enforcement received warnings about this Florida shooter and took no action.  

    We can pass every possible law but there still has to be someone doing the work of enforcing compliance.  

    But here’s what bothers me more than anything: there are an estimated 100 million gun owners in the US. At least 99 million are honest folks whose guns will never be used for harm, but they will comply with restrictions, while the one percent lawless element just shrugs and ignores restrictions. Tell me how well that is going to cut down on shootings.  


  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 02/20/2018 08:25 am

    It is very troubling when it appears that existing laws are not being used to stop terrible things from happening. And there are some crimes that will not be stopped even with the best laws because of the sin and brokenness in this world.  Laws against murder don't stop every lawless person from committing murder, but surely they help cut down on the practice!  While new restrictions may not stop the "lawless one percent," I can't help thinking that REASONABLE laws about gun ownership will be worth it if they can stop even ONE mass shooting.