Florida school shooting revives debate over gun laws

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The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. Of that, "more than $400,000 was in cash grants, while almost $1.8 million came as in-kind donations ranging from equipment for high school air rifle teams to gun safety programs for younger children". As long as you're approved, you can walk out of the store minutes later with the gun.

The advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety has some alarming statistics regarding guns in schools. Nearly non-existent laws and other mottos by the NRA - the original is "guns don't kill people, people kill people" - have put guns in the hands of shooters who killed 14 people during an office party in California in 2015, 49 people in a Florida nightclub in 2016, and 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas in 2017.

Yes, the Constitution says Americans have the right to bear arms, but it doesn't say they have the right to buy a bazooka.

Perhaps there is something to that idea.

Gonzalez also criticized the family that Cruz had been living with before the shooting. "We can't even go to school".

In it, we found the NRA has spent more than $621,000 trying to oust Washington Democrat Patty Murray.

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It starts with the issue of firearms.

Just this week- state lawmakers failed to pass a change to the age requirement to buy an AR-15- the rifle used in the Florida shooting. All three are recent scenes of mass killings of people with high-powered weapons. They do not belong in the hands of civilians. None of the past tragedies, including the attack on small children in CT, moved them. It was created in the 1950s-1960s for hunting before the military purchased it. Nevertheless, sustained pressure must be brought to bear to stop the proliferation of these devastating weapons.

There are other issues. If 20 dead first-graders won't spur people to action, what will?

Furious with the inaction of politicians, some 50 teenage students gathered on Friday to voice their frustrations over the government's stubborn refusal to enact common sense gun laws and adequately protect young people at schools around the country. A sickness has infected our culture and led some people to believe that acts of unspeakable violence will bring some kind of meaning to their lives.

In the almost 20 years since Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine High School and took the lives of 15 people, including their own, the United States has had over 200 school shootings. We look to the news and our friends and family for answers, but don't find any good ones.

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