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Surviving Stoneman Douglas students call for action from Trump on gun control

Surviving Stoneman Douglas students call for action from Trump on gun control

Some relatives and friends of shooting victims blamed Florida's lenient gun laws, which allow an 18-year-old to buy an assault rifle.

"We need to make this moment a movement and to actually make changes that need to happen in this country so that these kinds of weapons, AR-15s, are not in the hands of people who shouldnt have them", said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union representing teachers and other educators.

Speaking on USA television networks on Sunday morning, student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas announced their March for Our Lives campaign.

The 19-year-old Cruz has been charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, north of Miami. We've lost 17 lives, and our community took 17 bullets to the heart, and it's hard to come back from that. "He would not have harmed that many students with a knife".

The rallies in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage.

Kasky said politicians who accept money from the National Rifle Association in the next election have a "badge of shame" on them.

"To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA - shame on you!" said Ms Gonzalez, who took cover on the floor of her secondary school's auditorium during the attack.

What is Mr Trump's stance on gun control? In recent years, he has pledged to fiercely defend the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects people's right to keep and bear arms.

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told a news conference his office had received about 20 "calls for service" in the last few years regarding Cruz and would scrutinize all of them to see if they were handled properly. He added that lawmakers are "either with us or against us".

The agency was called to investigate the video.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Wray, appointed to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Trump previous year after the president fired James Comey, should step down over the agency's blunder.

The investigation was completed by November 12, 2016, after the agency decided that Cruz hadn't been mistreated by his mother and was receiving sufficient care from a mental health counselor, in addition to attending school.

A person close to Cruz called the FBI's tip line on January 5 and provided information about Cruz's weapons and his erratic behaviour, including his disturbing social media posts.

In a late tweet on Saturday, the President rebuked the organisation for their handling of tip-offs.

"The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting", it said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign".


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