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    What they're really saying is: "We need more guns, not fewer guns."

    Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers

    http://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-se...154226849.html

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    Attention, Donald Trump and the Republicans: The youth of today will never give up their fight against guns and gun violence. Contrary to what you think, the supposed "right" to own assault weapons is not more sacrosanct than the right to life.

    Parkland survivors: "We don't need to listen to President Trump. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...c353a7acb?ncid

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    Instead of being pessimistic about the possibility of our nation's gun laws being strengthened, Andrew Pollack should echo the words and attitude of Senator Robert Kennedy: "There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not."

    Changing gun laws 'not achievable,' Parkland victim's father says
    CBS News, Mar 4 2018 1:40 PM

    Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting on February 14, says changing federal gun laws is just "not achievable" and the focus should instead be on strengthening school safety. Meadow was one of the 14 students and three others who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    "Gun laws right now are not achievable. My daughter was murdered by a gun. She should have been safe in the school," said Pollack on CBS News' Face the Nation today. "I'm not saying don't go after gun laws. I'm not a gun expert. I'm saying that's the problem. There have been 200 shootings. That's always getting twisted into gun laws and gun control. If we all focus together, one nation, no political affiliation, we could work together and make the schools safe and then go fight it out." Since his daughter's death, Pollack has been outspoken on demanding lawmakers act to prevent further tragedies like the one that took his daughter's life. "I want to be the last father of a murdered kid that's ever in this country," he said.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parklan...ging-gun-laws/

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    The Florida House has yet to take up their own version of a school safety bill -- but are students really going to feel at ease knowing their teacher is carrying a loaded gun? And if a shooter bursts in, guess who his first target will be.

    Florida Senate passes bill placing new restrictions on rifle sales and allowing some teachers to carry guns in class

    http://www.wilx.com/content/news/Flo...475883563.html

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    Frances McDormand just won a best actress Academy Award for Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri. Those billboards are fictional. This one is real -- and probably accurate, too:

    Florida billboard slams NRA as 'terrorist organization'
    HuffPost US, Mar 5 2018 1:28 PM

    A political action committee has erected a massive billboard in Pensacola which says, "The National Rifle Association is a terrorist organization." The message was funded by the Mad Dog PAC, which sponsors billboards across the nation calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and attacking the nation’s largest gun lobby and select Republican politicians. The PAC is headed by Claude Taylor, a former staff member in Bill Clinton’s White House.

    "With the GOP majority in the House and in the Senate, the NRA makes impossible any meaningful, common-sense gun reform. That includes background checks and assault weapon bans," Taylor told the Pensacola News Journal. He said another anti-NRA billboard will go up soon in Pittsburgh.

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/201...tion/23377567/

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    The school official stationed at the entrance said he thought the gunshots were coming from outside the school. If he really thought that, wouldn't he have run inside so he would be safe? So much for that excuse.

    Two Parkland students with gunshot injuries plan to sue school district and officials for failing to protect students from gunman

    http://www.yahoo.com/news/2-parkland...225219667.html

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    "One small step." But at least it's a start.

    Governor Rick Scott signs compromise gun control bill in wake of Florida school shooting
    Los Angeles Times, Mar 9 2018 4:22 PM EST

    Florida Governor Rick Scott today signed a $400 million school safety bill passed by the Legislature in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month that killed 17 people. The bill falls short of what many of the shooting's survivors advocated for, but Scott, a Republican, said it balances "our individual rights with need for public safety."

    It raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and bans bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a so-called "guardian" program, a controversial provision that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. Scott signed the bill surrounded by family members of students killed in the February 14 shooting.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gov-ric...rida-shooting/

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    Well, this didn't take long. The NRA, which opposes any and all gun-control proposals, has filed a lawsuit claiming the "constitutional rights" of 18-to 21-year-olds are being violated if they aren't allowed to buy assault rifles and go on shooting sprees.

    NRA sues Florida over gun bill just signed into law by Governor Rick Scott

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...law/412710002/

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    I think the 17 crosses should be left on the billboard to point out the connection between the NRA and gun deaths. The NRA fights continually to ensure there are absolutely no restrictions or limitations on gun ownership, not even when it comes to AR-15s and other assault weapons. Why should the right to own an AR-15 outweigh every American's right to life?

    Crosses hung from Kentucky billboard advertising gun show
    The Associated Press, Mar 11 2018, 4:00 PM

    Seventeen crosses with the names and ages of the victims killed in last month's massacre Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have been hung from a Kentucky billboard advertising a gun show. It's unclear who placed the white crosses on the front edge of the billboard advertising the gun show that occurred at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville in late February. The billboard along Interstate 65 shows a man holding two guns. A spokeswoman for billboard owner Outfront Media said Sunday the crosses would be removed.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c...-show-53669263

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    Under federal law, a person has to be 21 to buy a handgun but can buy an assault rifle at 18. Most Americans favor raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21. Naturally the NRA hates that idea. An insightful Los Angeles Times editorial scrutinizes the NRA's insane belief that the Constitution gives teenagers the right to buy an AR-15 and go on a shooting spree.

    The NRA says Florida's law raising the age limit on buying guns is unconstitutional. But is it?

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...htmlstory.html

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