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Florida school survivors slam Trump over tweets

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Mourners hug near a makeshift memorial created by community members outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A gunman entered the school last Wednesday and killed 17 students and teachers. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.

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RBear says... February 19, 2018 at 5:38 a.m.

"You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press.
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Powerful message by a young man. These students are tired of the diversion and deflection by those in Washington. The latest deflection is to the FBI where Republicans have been using this in the attacks on the agency. That's pretty disgusting as it's hard to understand what could have been done since Cruz already owned the firearm and laws prevent them taking it from him on the limited evidence they had.
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This is just more of deflection from the right urged on by the gun industry and the NRA. It's a shame we have such tactics present while children continue to die in schools, an area that should be considered a safe space. Some of the comments in here have been of the same ilk such as Pack's typical abortion diversion or the diversions regarding unattainable measures to secure schools without any concept of funding sources.
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My solution on the school security proposals is that we impose a firearm tax equal to the amount required to secure a school from gun violence. I mean, that sounds fair. You create an unsafe situation, then you should pay for securing schools from that unsafe environment. That includes paying for the extra personnel required to secure the school.
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Better approach would be to reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 which includes all the provisions many have asked about such as definition of weapons to ban, definition of ban, and other details. It worked quite well from 1994 to 2004 and the escalation of school shootings once it was lifted is indicative of its effectiveness. Add to that other restrictions such as proof of need and we might have reasonable gun legislation.

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PopMom says... February 19, 2018 at 6:54 a.m.

Rbear,

All sounds good to me.

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BoudinMan says... February 19, 2018 at 7:17 a.m.

Agree, RB. We need to start with a 2 part approach: 1) ban assault weapons 2) prohibit the mentally ill from purchasing weapons. And we should note that in a few short months, these 17 yr. olds will be eligible to vote. The Democrats should be outside every high school in the nation getting these youngsters registered to vote.

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TimberTopper says... February 19, 2018 at 7:32 a.m.

These kids are pissed, and as a result they just might get the attention needed to put the heat on those that need the pressure applied to.

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hah406 says... February 19, 2018 at 7:56 a.m.

Trump has absolutely no sense of empathy, decency, or shame. This twitter rampage attacking the FBI and the students is insane. Does he really think the Miami field office of the FBI was busy investigating his ties to Russia? About the kids, you are right, they are pissed. Hell may really have no fury like a pissed off teenager on a mission to change something.
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Also noticed over the weekend a multi-millionaire GOP supporter who had donated millions to the GOP over the years sent a letter to Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott, and Rubio and told them, among others, he was cutting them off. Not one more check until they get off the NRA dole and do something about guns and gun violence. Enough is enough.

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BOLTAR says... February 19, 2018 at 7:58 a.m.

If a civilization-ending asteroid was headed for earth, Agent Orange would make it about him and Russia.

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RBear says... February 19, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

And we find out now Cruz was a member of a JROTC marksmanship program funded by the NRA. The NRA, training school shooters of the future.

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Packman says... February 19, 2018 at 9:14 a.m.

Hey RBear - Dumba$$. I will continue to call out your rank hypocrisy and shameless use of dead kids to promote a political narrative contrasting your bullsh*t claims of caring about kids' lives while simultaneously supporting abortion on demand.
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Comments on this forum and others illustrate why we cannot have serious discussions due to lib's dishonesty and inciteful rhetoric, examples of which are endless.
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Hey RBear - I'll support a return to the Clinton era ban on AR-15's if you will support allowing classroom teachers to be armed at school. Deal?

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skeptic1 says... February 19, 2018 at 9:22 a.m.

Typical dishonest Arkansas Democrat, one student (Hogg) is not "students," the other student quoted (Garcia) was blasting all politicians, not just Trump. The article is about Trump rightfully blasting the FBI that is very obviously to blame here as they were given very credible warnings about this kid. The article also quotes Trump as rightfully scolding the Democrats that had control and never once introduced any legislation to shore up back ground checks for mental illness etc. Ark Dem, how about a little honesty?

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RBear says... February 19, 2018 at 9:27 a.m.

Pack I don’t see the correlation between the two. If you take out th AR-15s then the need for armed classrooms goes down. Do you have stock in the gun industry? That can be the only explanation for your obsession with guns.

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