USA senator blames Congress for school shootings 'epidemic'

A message about grief counseling appears on an electronic signboard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

The Florida Democrat spoke on the Senate floor about how a pattern has evolved where Senators end up speaking out after mass shootings "to beg our colleagues to take common sense actions that we all know will protect our children".

Trump has resisted strengthening firearm laws in the wake of mass shootings, echoing an argument that the time for discussing legislative solutions to gun violence is not in the immediate moments following such tragedies. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you.

What he didn't mention: In one of his early acts as president, Trump signed a measure passed by the Republican-led Congress that repealed an Obama-era regulation created to block some mentally ill people from buying guns.

The White House says in a statement that Trump called Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky on Saturday and thanked her for her leadership and dedication to her city and its residents. But no law prevented the teenager from purchasing the assault-style rifle he allegedly used to kill at least 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday. The president's candor has not gone unnoticed by survivors of the massacre, who have been vocal in advocating for gun control in the days that have since passed. Earlier Thursday, he suggested the suspect was "mentally disturbed".

President Trump limited his immediate public response to the third-deadliest school shooting in US history to a pair of messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

A GoFundMe campaign for the victims of Florida's mass shooting raised more than $100,000 within the first two hours of its creation Thursday.

We pray for the families, for the victims.

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Mia Farrow replied to President Donald Trump's tweet, which offered "prayers and condolences" by saying, "Sir, we need more than prayers and condolences". The AR in AR-15 stands for ArmaLite, not Automatic Rifle, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

He said that when Presidents Trump meets with governors in a few weeks, he will make school safety a top priority for the administration.

'Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kalb's tweets. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

"Usually what has happened up to now in all of these situations", he said, "when all is said and done, usually more is said than done". The law center says Florida has 12 gun deaths per 100,000, the 25th-highest rate in the nation.

"Republicans will never do anything on gun control", former Rep.

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