Friday, 27 April, 2018

President Trump hosts listening session for people affected by school shootings

Students at Austin ISD's Clint Small Middle School protesting gun violence in schools Students at Austin ISD’s Clint Small Middle School protesting gun violence in schools
Gerardo Duncan | 26 February, 2018, 10:29

Smith grilled Spano, asking a series of questions, among them whether anyone has ever been "been physically handicapped" by porn, or if porn ever caused any first responders to seek therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. "His failure to act cost students their lives and for that, he should not be entitled to a pension or any benefits".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has in turn placed the blame on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which had received information about perpetrator Nikolas Cruz's alarming behavior and gun ownership, a news release from the governor notes.

Florida state Rep. Kionne McGhee was the lawmaker who asked for the assault weapons bill to be brought to the floor for debate, requesting what he called an "extraordinary procedural move". Republicans, who dominate the chamber, dismissed it. Students who were at the Capitol ahead of their classmates found Republicans steered the conversation away from gun restrictions.

"There needs to be a significant change in this country because this has to never happen again", Justin Gruber, a 15-year-old Parkland shooting survivor, told the president. Here are a few things you may not know about him.

Students around the United States are walking out of class to demand tougher gun laws in response to last week's deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, but some schools are threatening them with harsh punishments. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

While some groups have worked to organize national demonstrations in the coming weeks, students say gatherings Wednesday were mostly impromptu and organized out of a sense of urgency to find solutions to gun violence.

Here are some of these rallies' most powerful words.

"If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a bad tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association...." Yet it also shows that such initial momentum gradually runs aground when faced with gun-rights activists.

Scott, a Republican widely expected to run for the Senate, outlined his plan at a Tallahassee news conference. The gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas had a dozen weapons outfitted with bump stocks.

"I know there are some who are advocating a mass takeaway of Second Amendment rights for all Americans", Scott said. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in US schools.

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested yesterday for allegedly making a threatening Snapchat post at Needville Junior High School, Texas, deputies said. Police were repeatedly called to his house throughout his childhood. We can assume NRA lobbyists are working overtime to sure nothing of substance gets done. "We're going to be talking with important people and those people have the power and we have the voice".

Trump vowed Wednesday that his administration would look strongly into gun purchase ages, as well as the "mental health aspect".

Fineout and Farrington reported from Tallahassee, Florida; Anderson from Miami; Freida Frisaro and Jennifer Kay contributed from Miami; Kelli Kennedy from Parkland; and Jason Dearen from Gainesville.

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