Helena Youth Against Gun Violence Group Forms After Florida School Shooting

23 February, 2018, 06:20 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Helena Youth Against Gun Violence Group Forms After Florida School Shooting

During a protest at Florida's heavily GOP statehouse, a "listening session" with President Trump and student survivors from the Parkland massacre, and a CNN Town Hall in South Florida with students, parents and legislators, the raw emotion and unbridled anger unleashed by the shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week seemed to wash across the entire country.

Brechje DeVries said mass shootings are nearly unheard of in her country. "What an fantastic man who lost his life protecting the children".

The words of Stoneman Douglas students who survived the shooting echoed through the hallways of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, where they called for a ban on weapons like the one used to kill their friends and teachers.

Scott organized three committees to look at school safety, mental health and gun safety issues. "That's what they want to hear".

Protesters, student survivors face lawmakers and NRA in town hall meeting. Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch.

Can you describe the scene at the state capitol today? "Why do we have to march on Washington, just to save innocent lives?" senior Ryan Deitsch asked, his voice rising with each question.

People stood up and cheered Guttenberg as he challenged Rubio to tell him the truth, to acknowledge that "guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids".

What he wants: Guttenberg confronted Rubio directly during the Town Hall, angrily telling him that his comments about the shooting "and those of your president this week have been pathetically weak".

"They were all students at the same high school and so many of them know each other personally", said McAndrew, an expert on mass shootings. He did not say whether he would turn down an NRA contribution.

After previous school shootings, many lawmakers have vowed and promised and pledged that this time things would be different.

He said that if he believed an assault weapons ban "would have prevented this from happening, I would have supported it".

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quick", Trump said. He recalled hearing about the February 14 shooting while preparing to go to an Ash Wednesday service. Parch said the administration at her school vowed to join students in similar demonstrations in the future.

The owner of Pulse nightclub in Orlando said she plans to open a memorial there and reopen the club elsewhere after a gunman killed 49 people there in 2016. "I'm proud to come from that school, and I will not let the shooter take that away from me", she said.

If I were to focus on a lesson from the past few months of public pain on so many levels, I would say it's the awe-inspiring power that people harness when they finally feel free to speak up.

Cruz was a former student and was expelled from the high school for disciplinary reasons. "Again, we don't want to lead this, because truly I think the most effective body in this work will be the young people themselves". Their hope is to make their school a safer place to attend every day. The Orlando shooting, Las Vegas and now Parkland. "And Mr. President, we'll fix it".

The idea also has "practical problems" Rubio said in noting that law enforcement could have trouble distinguishing between an armed teacher and a school shooter.

The Town Hall was the most compelling two hours of TV during the February sweeps period, though Olympic hockey fans watching the USA women's victory a few hours later understandably will dispute that.

"I had the same clothes, same color, same facial structure, somewhat", Prado said.

The event at the White House included survivors from Stoneman Douglas, and families affected by the shootings at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Florida's not only a state that supports very liberal gun laws; it's been called the blueprint of much of the pro-gun legislation that's been adopted throughout the United States. They warned politicians they'll vote out lawmakers who don't address school safety. Instead, we need to create a comprehensive gun licensing system that would actually be able to catch criminals before they commit a mass shooting.

Dana Fisher, a University of Maryland expert on U.S. social protests, notes that the student movement comes at a time of heightened political activism following Donald Trump's election, which reignited a culture of political protest starting with the historic Women's March the day after his inauguration.



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