Students Protest Outside White House, Demand Gun Reform After Florida School Shooting

22 February, 2018, 20:09 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Students Protest Outside White House, Demand Gun Reform After Florida School Shooting

In Houston, Texas, Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes issued a letter to parents and students in his district to warn that students who take part in any solidarity actions "will be suspended from school".

Demonstrators lie on the ground a "lie-in" demonstration supporting gun control reform near the White House on February 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.

He told the Associated Press that until now nothing had an impact on lawmakers.

The protest comes after the mass shooting last week killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Critics say these changes have since increased security threats as people with mental illnesses have had an easier time accessing guns, therefore being a threat to themselves and others.

Nyrene Monforte, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, says students feel as if their lives are threatened, "and it shouldn't be like that because we're children". Some of the students turned to the White House and were heard chanting "Don't be complacent" and "Shame on you" as they waved American flags and signs written, "Am I next?" Also in attendance will be people from groups representing survivors of the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings.

A spokeswoman said the administration also was open to the idea of setting national age limits on sales of assault rifles. The White House said he now favoured a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases.

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The Florida high school shooter's lawyer has said he is sad, mournful and remorseful and has called him "a broken human being".

Trump is directing the Justice Department to ban devices such as the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

Mayo High School ninth grader Eliza Salvati said stricter gun control laws are needed.

Numerous protests were accompanied by chants of "Never again", which has been a rallying cry since the Florida shooting.

But the White House is casting the president as having been swayed by the school shooting in Florida and willing to listen to proposals.

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