Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls. Survivors of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead are marching in the state capital to press lawmakers to take more action on gun control.
Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls. Students are due to meet legislators after marching to the statehouse. It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack. About 100 students arrived in Tallahassee hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack.
“We’re here to ask for change and we’re confident change will happen,” said Noah Kaufman, 16, “We know the issues, and we know who is with us and who isn’t.”
Many students said they stayed awake overnight to research legislation and write speeches.
“This isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s a life issue,” said Mr Kaufman.
Under pressure to act, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed a move to ban devices that can enable rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. This bump-stock accessory was used by a gunman in Las Vegas to kill 58 concert-goers last year.
The president, who is a strong gun rights advocate, will host students and teachers at the White House on Wednesday for a “listening session” on gun control.
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What is the #NeverAgain movement?
It was born out of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland one week ago, the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.
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