Activism after Parkland shooting is encouraging

A Florida high school student was charged on Tuesday after officers recovered a cell phone case that resembled a novelty handgun

"You are so powerful, '" said Delaney Tarr, a senior at the high school. It's also unclear whether the officer was aware of Cruz's past behavior at Stoneman Douglas.

On Tuesday evening a group of survivors of the Marjory Stoneman shooting traveled to Tallahassee by bus to make an appeal at Florida's Capitol.

Hundreds of students descended on city hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and marched in other cities, including Chicago, the midwestern metropolis wracked by gun violence.

Florida lawmakers have rebuffed gun restrictions since Republicans took control of both the governor's office and the Legislature in 1999.

McGraw is one of the few mainstream country acts to speak out about the latest in the almost two dozen school shootings so far this year.

"Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go", they chanted. Gun violence - especially in schools - has been an issue in the USA for decades.

"I marched to show that you really matter", Big Sky student Max Smith said, "Our place should be safe".

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Mr Trump floated the idea on Wednesday during an emotionally charged White House "listening session" with survivors of mass shootings in Florida, Columbine and Sandy Hook.

"We've spoke to only a few legislators and ... the most we've gotten out of them is, 'We'll keep you in our thoughts".

In Washington, students and parents delivered emotional appeals to President Donald Trump to act on school safety and guns.

Students are also encourage to sign a large banner that will be sent along with, they hope, at least 1,000 notes. The March for Our Lives is scheduled for March 24, and events are being planned around the country.

Florida House Bill 219 would largely ban the future sale of assault weapons in the state, with exceptions made for law enforcement and military personnel. "There is so much we can do to help this person before we reach this point". Many are asking for laws to prevent weapons like the AR-15 used in the mass shooting from being as easily obtained.

"Every time we have a modified lockdown, I start looking around the room for a heavy object that I could throw at the shooter", said Annie Vote, 17.

In the seven days after the Las Vegas shooting, there were 724 mentions of "gun control" on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and just over 110 mentions on ABC, CBS and NBC broadcasts nationally, according to the media monitoring program TVEyes. Student Cameron Kasky did not mince words telling Rubio, "It's hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz" before asking squarely, "Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?".

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