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Florida sheriff: Deputies to carry rifles at schools

President Donald Trump talks about banning devices that can be attached to semiautomatic guns to make them automatic during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington U.S Florida sheriff: Deputies to carry rifles at schools
Lindsey Cook | 23 February, 2018, 06:29

Little more than a week ago, some of the biggest problems students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School faced were math tests and the baseball team's performance.

In Broward County, a sixth-grader who threatened to kill students at a Lauderdale Lakes school this week was arrested and faces a felony charge of intimidation.

"There are questions like, what do I do, do I have to wait for you, and you're like, no you run, you save yourself", said Cohen. Nevertheless, when 16-year-old student Alondra Gittelson asked, "I just want to know why such a destructive gun is accessible to the public-why that gun, the AR-15, that did so much damage, how is an individual in society able to acquire such a gun", Corcoran responded that he was against banning the military assault-type weapon used in the attack that killed 17 of their classmates and teachers.

So they took the metro to Capitol Hill and marched to the White House, chanting, "We have a voice". This is more than just us. "Hey, hey. Ho, ho. the NRA (National Rifle Association) has got to go". "My family is", he said. "It's unbelievable to me that these people are even saying this", he said. In a bombing, we blame the bomber.

But Joell Finney, a retired teacher, saw a flier for the raffle and thinks it's in poor taste - not just because of the Florida shooting but because it involves kids. Young people often have a greater sense of the possibilities for change than their elders do and less concern about the short-term consequences of seeking long-term reforms. Why do we blame an object?...

In the wake of the horrific mass shooting on October 1 at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas - in which 59 people were killed by gunfire and 422 more were wounded - we called for a ban on bump stocks, devices which can convert a semiautomatic weapon into, essentially, a fully automatic weapon. He says he's exploring strengthening background checks and raising the minimum age for purchasing rifles.

As It Happens spoke to Stewart about the student-led effort to ban the AR-15 and other weapons like it. Few have any illusions their country is on the cusp of a broader gun ban.

Another student, Ryan Deitsch, said that, "I've been walking into office after office after office and I've only spoken to three representatives, and two already agree with me".

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Limited reforms have near-unanimous support. He vowed to take steps to improve background checks for gun buyers.

So why the failure to get anything done?

"For the first time in a long time, I'm hopeful that things can change", she said.

Conspiracy-theory peddlers smeared the student protesters as actors, or political plants and their videos skyrocketed to popularity on social media.

The administration will continue to focus on the theme on Thursday, as Trump hosts state and local officials at the White House for a discussion of school safety. A group of gun control advocates and Pennsylvania Democratic Party activists plan to protest outside the hotel where the dinner will be held.

The legislation will include substantial increases in money spent on mental health programs and school resource officers.

"We are looking at it", Corcoran said, echoing Scott's description that "everything is on the table". They shouldn't be. Students have always been at the forefront of social movements, risking punishment both inside and outside schools for their activism.

The spontaneous protest reportedly started between morning periods at West Boca High School, but it grew until at least 1,000 disregarded their principal and teachers by marching out of the building and through the streets.

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