Protesters push for gun control at Florida rally

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Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday's lie-in.

The cyclical aftermath of the nation's mass shooting has repeated itself several times during Trump's year-old presidency, including with the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history when 59 people were killed on the Las Vegas strip last October, and when 26 people were killed at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November. The proposal submitted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which questioned the statutory definition of a machine gun under federal gun laws, drew more than 35,000 comments from the public, far more than usual, which likely signals that pro- or anti-gun control groups - or both - mobilized their membership and email lists to weigh in.

Yet, no legislation was passed.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she thundered, assailing Trump over the multimillion-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby.

Trump spoke by phone Saturday with the Parkland mayor, the county commissioner and the principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to express his condolences and offer his support. "But the job the doctors did, the nurses, the hospital, first responders, law enforcement-really incredible". Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, bought two of at least 10 of his firearms following "normal protocol for Florida" at Gun World of South Florida in Deerfield Beach, CNN reports. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion.

Misty Copeland, a dancer for the American Ballet Theater in NY, posted a photo on Instagram and said the troupe would honour the life of one Parkland shooting victim. "You can keep all of your fake and meaningless "thoughts and prayers".

The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called on students, teachers and administrators to organize sit-ins, walkouts and other acts of protest on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

What the president will ultimately do is unclear.

Last Friday, Nuechterlein, 16, and her classmate and friend, Whitney Bowen, 16, began organizing the White House protest and formed "Teens for Gun Reform" with the premise that it would be students speaking out for other students. The White House says the president will host a "listening session" with students and teachers this week and will discuss school safety with state and local officials.

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According to Benjamin Bishin, professor at the University of California and author of "Tyranny of the Minority: The Subconstituency Politics Theory of Representation", the debate tends to rally gun-rights supporters around their shared identity.

He and some other Republican political leaders have said mental illness prompted the massacre.

President Donald Trump, visiting victims with his wife Melania Trump, received U.S. $30 million from the NRA during his election campaign.

Ms Gonzalez urged the Government to take action and listen to the demands of people directly affected by gun violence. John Cornyn about a bill the Texan had introduced with Democratic Sen.

"While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system", Sanders said in a statement.

A legislative effort to ban the device fizzled out past year. "And then we can get back to our normal everyday lives, you know". Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

"I have no issue with more extensive background checks", Lankford said.

Among the steps sought by gun control advocates: closing loopholes that permit loose private sales on the internet and at gun shows, banning assault-type weapons and passing laws to enable family members, guardians or police to ask judges to strip gun rights temporarily from people who show warning signs of violence.

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