The powerful, laser-focused energy of the students, parents and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is part of an inspiring awakening of children and families determined to shake America from its national slumber on gun violence.
The bill now in the Senate was developed after the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings to provide incentives for states and federal agencies to provide more information to the national background check system.
The gathering featured students, educators, politicians, law-enforcement officials, and others who spoke on the deadly mass shooting in Florida last week and possible solutions going forward.
As Deitsch put it: "Why do we have to speak out to the capitol, why do we have to march on Washington, just to save innocent lives?"
The movement to raise the federal minimum age for long gun purchases, which is 18 rather than the 21 already required for handguns, has gained traction since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
Also present for questioning at CNN'sdebate were Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Florida lawmakers Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. "Here's the problem. Your comments this week and those of our President have been pathetically weak", he said to lasting applause and cheers. He questioned Rubio about his response to the tragedy and pressed him on what he will do to prevent this from happening again.
Though the exchange between Rubio and Kasky was frequently interrupted by the crowd, Kasky managed to boldly ask Rubio, "Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?"
"In that realm, I want to be honest with you", Rubio said.
Throughout the event, the crowd jeered Rubio, and visibly angry questioners sought answers after the shooting last week at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
While Rubio appeared to make a few concessions, he still refused to stop receiving money from the NRA. She told the audience people who shouldn't own guns should be reported by states to a national background check system. Tapper said, without admonishing Kasky or the cheering crowd. It allows them to express a full range of emotions - anger, empathy, hatred toward a subgroup - without actually changing much.
"He's answering Mr. Guttenberg's question". "He should have been barred from getting a firearm", she said.
"The notion that my kids (would be) going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that quite frankly I'm comfortable with". When the NRA says they don't want monsters to have guns it's far more likely they want to see the mentally ill locked up (although how authorities would diagnose such individuals or accomplish the near-impossible task of predicting their dangerousness remains a mystery) than it is that they want to restrict anyone's access to firearms of most any type.
The senator added: "I would say it's more than a 5K run".
In Washington, survivors and those affected by mass shootings gathered to talk to Trump at the White House.
Mr Rubio took even more heat from the audience when he was challenged by the father of one of the 17 victims of the Parklands shooting. It's unclear what role he played in trying to thwart the shooter and whether he was aware of suspect Nikolas Cruz's past behavior at the school. "And Mr. President, we'll fix it".
Airing from 9 p.m. -11 p.m., the town hall drew 2.91 million total viewers.
"I think it is a bad idea", said Nelson, a Democrat. And he was doing so in front of young people who had stared down a blazing AR-15 just days ago, and in front of grieving parents and siblings.
The journalist's comments came in the wake of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But they were disappointed by the lack of commitment. The Sunshine State's governor, Rick Scott, is already facing the heat that Rubio avoided by being there after he declined an invitation. Words are one thing, actions are another.
It's not yet clear what effect Wednesday will have on legislation.
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