Mariah Thomas, also a junior at Capitol, says she got angry when she heard about the shooting in Florida.
"I am here to demand change from our government, because the lives lost, who shall not be lost in vain, shall then be used as a catalyst for change in our country today", Prado said.
Runcie, the Broward County schools superintendent, said he has been told by parents and students alike that they will not return to Building 12. That check would have been a simple, two-minute process in which the dealer placed a call to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which would have looked at whether Cruz had criminal background or mental health issues on record.
What they want: Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, the 40 teenagers entered a committee room, uninvited. So, Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?
Can you describe the scene at the state capitol today? In just four years, between 2012 and 2016, a total of 46,445 people were killed by gunfire in the US.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was killed last week, had harsh words for Rubio, a Republican from Florida.
Students and parents put Rubio in the hot seat, asking him the majority of the questions.
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Roth said despite the inaction she saw from policymakers following the 2012 fatal shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, she is feeling more optimistic about the potential for the Parkland shooting to prompt change in gun laws.
The Clark County School District does not support local walk outs, a spokesperson said. He wouldn't say he would turn down an NRA contribution.
The National Rifle Association's national spokeswoman Dana Loesch told students at the meeting that the killer in the Florida attack should have never been allowed to obtain a firearm.
He said that if he believed an assault weapons ban "would have prevented this from happening, I would have supported it".
Loesch said the system to buy firearms is flawed as some in the crowd yelled, "You're a murderer". He recalled hearing about the February 14 shooting while preparing to go to an Ash Wednesday service. And she will tell you that schoolteachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life.
"It's a stand of solidarity with Florida and saying that they're not alone and that we want to see change too", said Hellgate freshman Faith Wells.
He said, "I knew that Aaron would be running to save lives, I just knew it".
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Ryan Schachter, who brother Alex was killed in the assault, asked lawmakers attending the town hall what they plan to do to make schools safe. Trump sat rapt and motionless, listening intently as raw emotions reverberated at the White House.
At a conference of conservative activists Thursday near Washington, Vice President Mike Pence said the administration would make school safety "our top national priority" after the shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida.
"Our most valuable, most precious resources are our children. And Mr. President, we'll fix it".
In the wake of the shooting, people across the political spectrum-from President Donald Trump and Florida Sen.
None of the politicians at the town hall agreed with him. SEN. MARCO RUBIO: I think in the name of 17 people, I can pledge to you that I will support any law that will prevent a killer like this from getting a gun.
The event at the White House included survivors from Stoneman Douglas, and families affected by the shootings at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School. They warned politicians they'll vote out lawmakers who don't address school safety. These students and compatriots across the country face the same hurdles as others who fight for change: Anger flares, but subsides. They see the lack of adult leadership on gun control and are leading the charge.
During meetings with lawmakers, the students urged them to pass common-sense reforms and not just offer meaningless platitudes. "They tweet that they're so sorry and their thoughts and prayers are with us - Their thoughts and prayers and sorry's don't mean anything".
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Barrillos along with about 75 other students took part in the walk out, and rallied for 17 minutes. Burris, a retired teacher and former high school principal, said the group has not weighed in on gun control issues before, but she thinks that's no longer an option.