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Students in Florida take gun control bid to capital

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Sheryl Acquarola (right), a 16-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., watches Tuesday from the gallery as a motion to consider a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity gun magazines is voted down in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee.

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School fill a bus Tuesday for a trip to Tallahassee to push state lawmakers to action against gun violence...

Students who survived last week's school shooting in Florida traveled Tuesday to the Florida capital to press lawmakers for gun-control legislation to prevent another massacre. But within hours, the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility in the near future of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the school attack.

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School fill a bus Tuesday for a trip to Tallahassee to push state lawmakers to action against gun violence...

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RBear says... February 21, 2018 at 6:07 a.m.

These students came to their state capitol looking for some understanding of what they had been through and asking their legislators to take action. "But within hours, the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility in the near future of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the school attack." No debate in committee, no debate on the floor. Nothing. This is a legislature bought and paid for by the NRA who's only objective is to increase the number of guns in America.
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What was being asked is something that has shown to be highly effective in reducing gun homicides from mass shootings. I've said it several times, but apparently gun nuts keep going to another statistic unrelated to the AWB as their metric. Let's be REALLY CLEAR on this, gun nuts. Gun homicides from MASS SHOOTINGS dropped significantly during the AWB, some zeros posting ZERO homicides from MASS SHOOTINGS. When the ban, gun deaths from MASS SHOOTINGS rose significantly and have been rising ever since.
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That is what many are asking for. To reinstate the AWB from 1994. Contrary to lies spread by some gun nuts in here, the AWB will NOT take your legally registered assault weapon from you. It will also address accessories that increase the firing capacity and deal with high capacity magazines and clips.
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There is no rational reason for anyone to have an assault rifle as defined by the AWB, the weapon of choice in all recent mass shootings. It is time to ban these weapons to protect citizens, especially children in school.
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To deal with the other metric gun nuts run to, the reason the AWB did not reduce overall gun homicide is because it only addressed a small portion of the gun inventory. Guns were still out there and being bought at rates that have placed the US as #1 in terms of ratio of gun ownership. More guns equates to more gun homicides.

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WGT says... February 21, 2018 at 6:08 a.m.

Very simple solution- Enact a law requiring immediate,mandatory two year enrollment into the military when a person purchases assault weapon. No exceptions.

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BoudinMan says... February 21, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

Register the voting age kids to vote. Keep an eye on the 17 yr. olds. Get them when they turn 18. They'll take care of the rest. If this is the future, I hope I'm around to see it.

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Toenails says... February 21, 2018 at 7:52 a.m.

Who financed the trip, paid for the buses, fuel, and other expenses?

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hah406 says... February 21, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

Unfortunate but expected. I wonder how many of those legislators today will run from those kids instead of meeting with them face to face and explaining their vote. They don't have any rational reason to not at least debate the bill and hold hearings. Meanwhile, the killing goes on. I guess you have to have your own kid shot up at school before you get it.

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RBear says... February 21, 2018 at 8:02 a.m.

Toenails if that is so important to you, there's always Google. My bet is that it was privately funded. There's no reason for a school to take this action. But if that's SOOOOOO important to you over the issue in general, Google it up. I'm sure some alt-right site is pushing lies about the trip.

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sjmays says... February 21, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

Young people can change things, they did in the 1960s.

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BoudinMan says... February 21, 2018 at 9:11 a.m.

People wondering who put these kids up to this are just pathetic. I have never heard these types being concerned about who put teenagers up to making anti-abortion speeches at anti-abortion rallies.

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Packman says... February 21, 2018 at 9:28 a.m.

And RBear lies, again.
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Would have liked to have seen these young people also call to arm teachers in the classroom. When it comes to protecting kids in vulnerable situations there should be nothing left out of the discussion.
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"Enact a law requiring immediate, mandatory two year enrollment into the military when a person purchases assault weapon." Yet another "common sense" gun law recommendation from a nutty lib. So, when grandma decides to buy an AR-15 she must serve two years in the military. Well, that makes a LOT of sense.
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Hey hah - I guess you have to have your own kid shot up at school before you get on board with arming teachers.

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mrcharles says... February 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Is it prudent to think that students, the ones being slaughtered like cattle, have the right to question the adults who cry and sob their job is to protect the "children" from porn, seem to forget that porn does not kill.

Yea it is prophisied that the love of guns will out vote the love of our children and the great S satan will laugh with delight with every soul that is wasted and to think he doesnt have to do a damn thing, he just waits on the right to provide him more souls.. but judgment day will come and hen you stand before a deity you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus, or that "virtue of right action" was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice. Remember that.

St paul perhaps got it wrong, perhaps it is the NRA who is the deity of this world, or maybe just the USA.

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