"We will not be silenced": Student survivors tell FL lawmakers

Students going to state capital to push for gun law changes

This is something serious.

Students walked out of Tarpon Springs, Hillsborough, and East Lake High Schools gathering and holding signs in protest of the recent school violence involving guns.

With only three weeks of the legislative session remaining, and the historical trend of the GOP's embrace of laws that ease gun regulations, Douglas High students face a steep climb to get new gun control measures passed this year. Florida has a reputation for expanding - and not restricting - gun rights. "But we can not protect our guns before we protect our children", the 17-year-old said. On Saturday, the world met Emma Gonzáles, an 18-year-old junior whose infuriated address at a gun-control rally quickly became Twitter's top trending topic and perhaps the most widely shared moment from the shooting's aftermath. The gunman used an AR-15, a semiautomatic weapon he bought legally. "No Floridians should be able to buy an assault weapon". "Assault. Think about this word".

U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, was scheduled to host a "listening session" with high school students and teachers at the White House on Wednesday.

More than a hundred people greeted the students at Leon High School.

The fact that such weapons are still legal spurred students to mobilize en masse.

"We want these weapons and large capacity magazines banned in the state of Florida", the group wrote on their Facebook event page.

The normally staid Florida Statehouse filled with students, among them more than 100 survivors of the February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, on the edge of the Everglades. He said that he does not anticipate any "knee-jerk reaction" to changing protocols, calling the existing protocols "excellent" from the view of both law enforcement and medical responders.

"If you're not with us, you're against us, and you're against saving the lives of innocent children", Chris Grady, a 19-year-old student, said Tuesday.

The rally lasted almost two hours and came in the middle of a day in which students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High met in groups with top lawmakers and state leaders.

Some walked 10 miles, arm-in-arm, to get to Stoneman Douglas, CNN affiliate WPLG reported. Gary Farmer of Broward County.

The students said they organized the rally with help from the school administration.

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Stoneman Douglas sophomore Daniel Bishop said he huddled in a corner for 2 1/2 hours as bullets flew in his school last week.

According to Tong, Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.

"She feels like it could happen and you just have to kind of accept that. My friends died", he said. "The police officers protecting us today have guns. We can make a difference". They watched from the gallery on Tuesday as the Florida House voted down the motion 36-71.

The students in Iowa City said they put together their rally with no outside help, no funding, and promotion only from a student newspaper. Much of the anger Wednesday was directed at legislators and the National Rifle Association. By the end of the day on February 14, children with social media knew the name of the suspect, learned which classrooms the students were in and, in some cases, saw videos of the dead. "Like really show them how gruesome and how disgusting - the evil that went on this way".

Kyle Kashuv, 16, a Stoneman Douglas student, identifies as a Republican and a conservative.

"The first step is this gun", Gordon said.

"We keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't happen here, but it certainly can", he said. "I still totally believe that but I think that there should be a limit to who could acquire such weaponry".

Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official, admitted he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, becoming the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Cruz's lawyers said there were many warning signs that he was mentally unstable and potentially violent.

The protests - and the students' presence - dominated the day at the Capitol. "They're made for mass murder".

State house leaders and Governor Rick Scott are also considering possible changes to firearms rules. "Save it as, 'Crazy Nick, '" Cruz told his new friend.

Many of us have been attending funerals everyday since Friday. Democratic State Sen. Lauren Book, who paid for the bus trip, traveled with the students and stayed with them at the civic center.

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