US: School shooting survivors demand stricter gun laws

US: School shooting survivors demand stricter gun laws
From Al Jazeera - February 17, 2018

Hundreds of people rallied outside a courthouse in the USstate of Florida to demand stricter gun control laws in the aftermath of one of the deadliest school shootings in the country's modern history.

Several student survivors of this week's deadly attack in the town of Parkland were among those attending Saturday's rally in Fort Lauderdale, only 40km from the school that came under attack.

Holding signs that read "Never Again", demonstratorscalled on the US government to take action to prevent future violence.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" said student Emma Gonzalez, who criticised Donald Trump for the multi-million dollar support the US president has received from the powerful gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association.

The crowd then chanted, in turn: "Shame on You! Shame on You!"

At least 17 peoplewere killedwhen a gunman entered theMarjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolon Wednesday and opened fire on students and teachers with anAR-15 automatic rifle.

A 19-year-old former student, Nikolas Cruz, was arrested andchargedwith 17 counts of premeditated murder in relation to the attack.

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For his part, Trump made two brief stops - at a hospital and a sheriff's office - in Florida on Saturday, where he praised the doctors, police officers and others who responded in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, The Washington Post reported.


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