Rubio grilled by Parkland shooting students, parent

Rubio grilled by Parkland shooting students, parent

In the wake of the massacre, officials in South Florida have faced the same question encountered from OR to CT and from Texas to Washington: What do you do with the site of a mass shooting? They may also increase funding for mental health programs and police officers assigned to schools and enact a waiting period for rifle purchases.

They were angry, they were frustrated and they wanted answers. So this is to every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA.

Rubio and Rep. Ted Deutch agreed.

"Why do we have to speak out at the (state) Capitol?" Marco Rubio on gun control issues that it deserved an Olympic-sized audience.

"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something I'm comfortable with", Rubio said.

The town hall was also attended by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel who asked lawmakers to give law enforcement "more power" to take guns away from risky people and said that deputies would now be armed with rifles in Broward County schools.

Corcoran said the news did not dissuade him from moving ahead with what he was calling the "marshal" plan to let local law-enforcement officials train and deputize someone at the school who would be authorized to carry a gun.

In numerous school shooting cases that followed, the death penalty was never enacted - though many advocates argued for it.

"I don't believe this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm", Loesch said.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quick", Trump said.

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But complications emerged immediately as the other deputy presidents, Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe, as well as several other senior officials boycotted the meeting.

Avery Anger, 14, hid in a closet during the shooting. Parch said the administration at her school vowed to join students in similar demonstrations in the future. In an email, Rivera said he and Trump discussed the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase assault-type weapons. "It's ridiculous", said Rebecca Parch, a sophomore who organized a walkout at Lakewood High School, near Cleveland.

"It's a stand of solidarity with Florida and saying that they're not alone and that we want to see change too", said Hellgate freshman Faith Wells. Nelson questioned Scott's commitment to make meaningful change after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.

"I do think it would be a deterrent, there's no doubt", he said. Encouraged by President Trump's tweet on Thursday, in which he praised LaPierre and other NRA leaders as being "Great American Patriots" who will "do the right thing", the gun lobby could actually benefit, financially and by reputation among its fans, from the Parkland shooting. He entered the school building, pulled his weapon out and randomly shot people on a whim. And I'm deeply moved by these students who are lifting their voices - challenging us to listen, learn, and make real changes. "And Mr. President, we'll fix it".

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump, who declined to participate in the town hall, suggested at a listening session at the White House that part of the solution to preventing school shootings could be having some armed, trained teachers on campus.

The Town Hall was the most compelling two hours of TV during the February sweeps period, though Olympic hockey fans watching the US women's victory a few hours later understandably will dispute that. "I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon".

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In another heated exchange, Rubio was asked by junior Cameron Kasky, a prominent face among those driving a nascent student movement to strengthen gun laws, whether he would "accept a single donation from the NRA" going forward. They warned politicians they'll vote out lawmakers who don't address school safety.

"We call on our national and state legislatures to finally act responsibly and reduce the number of these tragic incidents", said Eleanor Nuechterlein and Whitney Bowen, the teen organizers of the D.C. lie-in.

Dana Fisher, a University of Maryland expert on USA 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. Church leaders said past year that they hoped to tear down the Sutherland Springs, Tex., church where a gunman killed 26 people.

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