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Gov. Rick Scott outlining his school safety program

Gov. Rick Scott outlining his school safety program. Credit Governor's Press Office via Twitter

Let's make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed.

In 2013, following the murders at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, there was lots and lots of talk about how the deaths of so many small children would finally be the tipping point in the gun debate in Congress. President Barack Obama promised action.

If someone is subject to an injunction for protection against stalking, cyber-stalking, dating violence, repeat violence, sexual violence or domestic violence, they won't be able to buy or own a firearm.

Trump also echoed the proposal he made at the end of the session to arm some experienced teachers with weapons on Saturday. And it rejected a ban on assault weapons. But that is the number one demand of the Parkland survivors and their supporters. She appeared at a hospital news conference with her parents and some of the doctors who helped her. "Do it without adding unnecessary, ineffective gun control that won't stop massacres and only infringe on the rights of the law abiding people of this state". "This is the students' No. 1 request when they come to us". Kevin Radar, D-Broward, talking about the Republican majority that won't act on an assault weapons ban that has been waiting for a hearing since the Pulse shooting.

In regard to the Parkland shooting that just took place in Florida, armed officer Scot Peterson remained outside instead of entering the school to face the shooter, according to a February 23, CNN article.

The 3,200-student school reopens Wednesday.

That sets up a political gamble for Republicans in the Senate, where there are 23 Republicans and 15 Democrats with two open seats that each favor one party. And, after passing its last committee Tuesday, its Senate version is now heading to the floor.

Teachers who are working in schools should not be trained to use firearms for the protection of students. What about the Fort Lauderdale shooting? "But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see". He responded to the news of Oliver being buried in a Wade jersey by tweeting, "You're about to make me cry this afternoon". "All I hear is mine, mine, mine". "We will not bow down".

Rodriguez, who sponsored the amendment, said the ban specifically focused on "weapons of war".

Ryan met later in the day with Parkland students, who pushed for a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, as well as other school-safety features, said Representative Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents the district.

"Shame on you. The blood is on your hands", said Andy Oliver, a pastor at the Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, voting against it. Scores of people howled they were denied an opportunity to speak. The hearing was removed from the court docket and no explanation was immediately available. That provoked more protests.

Schools must spend capital outlay money on "school hardening" before it can be spent on other things, and schools must reach agreements with a sheriff's department and other agencies to better coordinate prevention and intervention services.

"Banning long guns from the possession of 18-year-olds is not going to solve this problem", he said.

In addition, the measure would outlaw the sale of bump stocks, devices that enable semiautomatic rifles to be operated as fully automatic machine guns.

The package passed the Senate Rules Committee on a 9-4 vote, with Democratic Sens. Trump said he supports the concept. "Under this definition, I would be hard-pressed to find a weapon it didn't ban".

Lawmakers in the Florida swing districts have already shown the NRA holds little power over them, but they remain in the minority. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar bill late last evening.

Delayla Gasca, 7, joined hundreds of other protesters to call on legislators to pass stricter gun laws during the Rally in Tally at the Capitol Monday.

After days of funerals for those killed in the attack, teachers began the emotionally fraught process of returning to the school Friday to collect belongings from classrooms that have been off-limits since the slayings.

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