Tampa,FL, Feb 22 (Canadian-Media): A week after a shooter killed 17 people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers swarmed the Florida Capitol on Wednesday calling for changes to gun laws, and improved care for the mentally ill, media reports said.
Among the students that gathered in Florida Statehouse there were reportedly more than 100 survivors of the Feb. 14 attack who burst into lawmakers’ offices holding signs and chanting slogans and demandied to be heard.
Many protesters reportedly complained that lawmakers were not serious about reform, and they said they would oppose in future elections any legislator who accepts campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
According to official reports, a larger protest is being planned for Washington DC on 24 March.
Paul N Blake, Journalist for BBC World in North America had tweeted as follows:.
'And they’re off. 100 students from Parkland, Florida are headed to Tallahassee (state capital) to demand action on gun control and mental health. It’s a 7 hour journey, and several I’ve spoken to have never been to the capital, much less met their lawmakers.'
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday had reportedly called for a ban on rapid-fire "bump stock" devices.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Facebook page
Hundreds of teenagers from the Washington DC suburbs rallied outside at the time, some voicing support for arming teachers.
Trump listened to pleas for gun reform on Wednesday from about 40 students, teachers and families in the executive mansion's state dining room.
Teachers carrying a concealed gun could end attacks "very quickly", Trump was reported to state..
"It's not going to be talk like it's been in the past," he said.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in last week's attack was reported to say "We, as a country, failed our children."
"It should've been one school shooting and we should've fixed it. And I'm pissed. It's my daughter I'm not going to see again," he went on to say.
At his White House event, Trump promised to look "very strongly" at calls for educators to be armed with guns.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms," Trump said, "they could very well end the attack very quickly."
"Where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them," he said, while acknowledging the plan was controversial, "they would go for special training and they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.
Throughout his presidential campaign he endorsed the idea of an armed citizenry as a defense against attacks.