United States senator blames Congress for school shootings 'epidemic'

Nikolas Cruz gunned down students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida

The deadly shooting has reignited debates about gun control in the US. He's urging Americans to "create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections". Jones said the issue is far beyond politics.

Janson's view was echoed by Don Negus, a longtime Morning Sun columnist and substitute teacher in the Chippewa Hills School District.

At least 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

What he didn't mention: In one of his early acts as president, Trump signed a measure passed by the Republican-led Congress that repealed an Obama-era regulation created to block some mentally ill people from buying guns.

"They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun", she said, and the crowd chanted, "We call BS".

Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, about 40 miles from the shooting scene.

The White House canceled a planned briefing, and press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. The president's candor has not gone unnoticed by survivors of the massacre, who have been vocal in advocating for gun control in the days that have since passed.

"Let us pray for healing and peace and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow", Trump said.

Pleasant superintendent who lambasted the National Rifle Association - were among those taking to social media in the wake of Wednesday's deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

"As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn't take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today", he said.

"This is very risky in the context of school shootings, because many are directly seeking fame, killing more victims because they know it will bring them more media attention, influenced by previous "celebrity" mass killers who became famous in this same way, and prone to imitate them", he said.

"We are grieving with Parkland".

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, in Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, tearfully addressed thousands of mourners Thursday night at a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kalb's tweets. To buy an AR-15 rifle, the model used by Mr Cruz, which is based on the M-16 assault rifle, requires a background check so cursory the authorities nearly might as well not bother. Cruz, then 18, was listed as an "alleged victim" of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the "alleged perpetrator". Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" he wrote on Twitter.



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