Parkland high school students increase pressure on Trump
Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at a protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018
“Never again”: federated by this slogan passed on the social networks, the young people of Parkland invested on Wednesday the small capital of Florida, Tallahassee, to try to snatch a hardening of the legislation on arms to the States United States, after the killing that killed 17 in their high school.
“That these lives could be stolen without change would be an act of treason against our great country,” said Lorenzo Prado, one of the many youthful speakers who made poignant calls to the microphone as hundreds of young people gathered in the city.
Nikolas Cruz, the author of the massacre last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “was able to buy a gun before being allowed to drink beer.” Nikolas Cruz was able to buy an assault rifle while showing obvious signs He was able to buy an assault rifle after delinquency, “said the student.
High school students from Parkland arrived by bus, haloed by a first success. President Donald Trump, a staunch supporter of the constitutional right to bear arms, made some concessions in the face of the emotion in the country and the media effect of their mobilization.
Trump urged his administration on Tuesday to take measures to ban the sale of devices that turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns.
These “bump stocks” are removable systems attached to the butt of a rifle and which had been used by the Las Vegas killer. Fifty-eight people died on October 1, 2017.
School sweatshirt and beautifully braided hair, Rachel Catania assured Wednesday on CNN that the movement was solid.
“It will not falter, not this time, there will be a change,” she said. Thousands of young Americans also wanted to believe it, echoing on their smartphones the hashtags,, or.
“I decided to talk because we are teenagers,” said Delaney Tarr, a student from Parkland. “Because letting our hearts speak is what we do best – this student-driven movement is emotion-based, based on our passion and pain.”
The high school students are planning a large rally on March 24 in Washington, the federal capital where a spontaneous demonstration was underway late Wednesday morning in front of the White House. And solidarity actions must take place in front of some schools throughout the day throughout the United States.
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The president also urged Democrats and Republicans to agree to “strengthen the background checks” of weapons buyers. There are huge gaps in the regulations right now, and it’s about preventing weapons from falling into the hands of criminals or mentally retarded people.
Hundreds of high school students protest near the White House in Washington to call for stricter gun regulations
“We are working hard to take the consequences of these events,” said Trump, saying he was “moved” by the stories of the killings.
These potential changes in regulation are very modest at the level of a country where about 300 million firearms are scattered throughout the population.
But they testify to an inflection for a president who swore loyalty to the National Rifle Association (NRA), the very powerful lobby of arms in the United States, which gave him $ 30 million for his presidential campaign.
The Parkland shooting is the worst in a school in the United States since the killing of Sandy Hook, which killed 26 people at the end of 2012.
But the multiplication of these dramas in recent years has so far led to no adjustment of the legislation.
The American president was to receive Wednesday afternoon families of victims of this type of shootings as well as high school students.
Those at Parkland High have already spent several hours talking to Florida lawmakers, one of America’s most lax states on guns.
Sign of resistance to any change in political circles, the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected the possibility of banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
Yet, according to a survey, two-thirds of Americans support increased controls over arms sales.
High school students from Stoneman Douglas were due to meet several Florida officials on Wednesday, culminating in a public meeting in the evening organized by CNN and broadcast live.
In particular, they must meet a NRA representative, Dana Loesch, a media activist for the gun case.
This group of young people, who has just acquired a sudden notoriety, is also confronted with conspiracy theories, especially on social networks.
The collaborator of a Florida elected official had to leave his job after having qualified some of them as actors, relaying some of these theories.
“Asserting that some of these students (…) are actors is disgusting and it is the work of a group of idiots devoid of all decency,” responded Republican Senator Marco Rubio, yet one of their targets.