Michiganders to Rally for Protection from Gun Violence

23 February, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Bertha Harmon
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The 17-year-old has been described by the New Yorker as a "theatre kid" and calls himself the "class clown".

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Cameron Kasky, a junior who survived the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, asked Rubio to turn down campaign contributions from the NRA. High school students from Montgomery County, Md., with the permission of their principals, jumped on Washington's Metro subway system, overwhelming one station near the U.S. Capitol, to hold a pro-gun control demonstration there.

Speaking Thursday at The King Center in Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King said the February 14 massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School "gives us an opportunity to lay aside for a moment our differences and really look at how we can come together as humanity and move forward with these injustices and these evils that continue to beset us".

Michelle Obama tweeted Wednesday that she thinks the Florida student movement is inspiring.

The march has since raised at least $2 million in funding from Hollywood A-listers including George and Amal Clooney who is a human rights lawyer, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, director Steven Spielberg and his actress wife Kate Capshaw, and film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis, hailed for shielding students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, "was very courageous", Trump said Wednesday during a listening session with parents and survivors of school shootings. The GOP-led Congress occasionally even ignores him. The video went viral. It's not political. It's a human issue. "I think there's only one security person", said Elana Cohn, 45, who has a child at the school. "I'm not acting on anybody's behalf".

Rubio visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and a few days later met with its teachers.

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Across the country sister movements are emerging to support the Parkland students, such as Student Walkout Against Gun Violence, which is organizing protests under the Twitter handle @studentswalkout. "I'm not going to sleep until it is fixed", he said". "We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action".

King said that as the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, she hopes we can "look toward solutions as these young people are forcing us to have the conversations, bipartisan conversations".

When it actually happened, she ended up hiding with her classmates in a closet.

"When you have schools like (Marjory Stoneman Douglas) with close to 3,000 students two resource officers are not going to be able to cover the whole campus", Galvano said Thursday. How much of the question and answer in the listening session did in fact focus on gun regulations? "Nobody wants to see a shootout in a school and a deranged sociopath on his way to commit an act of murder in a school, knowing the outcome is going to be suicide, is not going to care if there's somebody there with a gun", he said.

Previous year 58 people were shot dead at an open air concert in Las Vegas.

A Florida sheriff says the deputy who was on duty at a high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in.

- Justin Gruber, another Parkland student, is only 15 years old.

In all of those cases, urgent calls for tougher gun control proved fruitless, but experts believe the teens now have a chance at making a real political impact.

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"People are just exhausted of politicians doing nothing".

A second key factor - the tech-savvy millennials from Stoneman, many of whom are preparing for college, are unlike the children from Sandy Hook, who were too young to speak for themselves.

Herring wrote that the total cost of the response to the shooting can't yet be determined, but local agencies say they incurred "significant costs".

The survivors of the Parkland school shooting have done something unique, though.

"If a student chooses to walk out they will be ineligible to participate in any athletics or extracurricular activities (for that day)", the message stated.

The letter was also published on schools' Facebook pages and other social media websites.

Furthermore, the Parkland kids "are affluent and therefore empowerment is real", said J. Reid Meloy at the University of California at San Diego.

"I gave them permission to do it".

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"They are not intimidated by the older white males in politics and the NRA. They are exhausted of the passivity of being a potential victim", said Meloy, a former consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on mass shootings.


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