Students rally for safe schools and gun control on Wednesday morning, February 21, 2018, at Flanigan Senior High in Pembroke Pines. The three students, who appeared on "The View" via satellite from Tallahassee, said they understand the concerns of Americans who firmly support the Second Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms". "They had even introduced us, they knew we were up there".
In Washington, students and parents delivered emotional appeals to President Donald Trump to act on school safety and guns. They held signs, chanted slogans and burst into lawmakers' offices demanding to be heard.
The Parkland students met in small groups with state lawmakers, and numerous teens expressed frustration with the chats.
"It's a stand of solidarity with Florida and saying that they're not alone and that we want to see change too", said Hellgate freshman Faith Wells. "So my question is: At what point are we going to get serious enough about protecting our children and giving them the same protection that all these other groups get?" "Now I've got this platform that just whipped itself up out of nowhere". "The minute it does, everything we've come here to do will get lost".
"We need to make sure everything is working and to learn from the experience", said Galvano.
The students on the seven-hour bus ride checked their phones, watching videos and reading comments on social media about the shooting, some of which accused them of being liberal pawns.
Sheryl Acquarola, 16, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, became overcome with emotion while watching from the gallery. "It is not normal for someone to have a stockpile of weapons in their room when they are mentally ill", Calderon said. "I want to talk to as many people who who could actually change law in the state of Florida". Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.
"We've certainly seen a groundswell of anger rise up following mass shootings in the past, but nothing like this in terms of the momentum or youth's engagement", said Kristin Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign, a Washington-based advocacy organization.
"We need this to change", said one student. Their hope is to make their school a safer place to attend every day. The plan would also include more money to increase the number of school resource officers, as well as mental health counselors.
"We had a chance to do something and we didn't", Shaw said of Tuesday's party line vote in the house not to take up a bill on banning assault weapons.
"Innocent kids are dying", said 15-year-old Samuel Muster, a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Meanwhile at the Florida Statehouse, a Democratic representative asked for a procedural move that would have allowed the Republican-controlled House to consider a ban on large-capacity magazines and assault-style rifles such as the AR-15 that was wielded by the suspect, Nikolas Cruz.
State house leaders and Governor Rick Scott are also considering possible changes to firearms rules. "I think we have to stop debating and start doing things before another tragedy happens".
The students had about 70 meetings scheduled with lawmakers and members of the Florida Cabinet during their stay in Tallahassee. "We're going to be the last mass shooting".
Students said they were outraged by ruling Republican lawmakers.
According to the group's website, at 10 a.m.in every USA time zone, students, teachers and staff will walk out for 17 minutes to remember the victims of the Florida shooting and to protest what they see as congressional inaction. "I don't care where you are".
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