Florida survivors lawmakers on collision course over guns

first_imgPARKLAND, Fla.  — Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack.The legislative action further energized the teens as they prepared to confront legislators who have quashed gun-control efforts for decades in a state where 1.3 million people have concealed carry permits.“They’re voting to have shootings continually happen. These people who voted down the bill haven’t experienced what we did. I want to say to them, ‘It could be you,’ ” Noah Kaufman, 16, said as he made the 400-mile trip to Tallahassee.Three buses carried 100 students who, in the aftermath of the attack that killed 17 people, want to revive the gun-control movement. As the grieving Florida students demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre.last_img

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