President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, aiming to honor the victims of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, visited Broward Health North Hospital on Friday, the hospital where numerous victims were treated.
Parkland, founded in 1963 on the swampy fringe of the Everglades, has always been a place of gentle ease with great schools, a well-educated and affluent population of about 32,000 people. None, perhaps, more so than Emma Gonzalez.
The audience erupted in cheers as Kimmel added, "Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women - who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year - to do something now, not later". A chant started up among those gathered: "Shame on you!"
"My child is dead, I can't help her", she continued.
Typically, the public gatherings in the days following a mass shooting are solemn, prayerful events. "Time and time again". "But I can help all the other kids at Stoneman Douglas High School and around the world". In her left hand she clutched her speech, written out by hand on a stack of college-ruled paper.
Beam Furr, the mayor of Broward County, which includes Parkland, said he was eager to give young people a chance to push for new gun legislation.
In a sit-down interview with CNN's Alysin Camerota, the Florida mom who lost her 14-year-old daughter and blasted President Donald Trump after the Florida high school shooting that occurred on Wednesday, called on the president to proetct other children like he would protect his own 11-year-old son, Barron. "But we need to pay attention to the fact that this isn't just a mental health issue", she added.
Wray said he was "committed to getting to the bottom of what happened", and Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered an immediate review to ensure "effective response to indications of potential violence".
Alyssa Alhadeff was among the 17 people shot to death by a lone gunman who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon. Unlike California, for example, Florida does not require background checks for private gun sales.
When he phoned the widow of a slain U.S. serviceman in October, his attempted words of comfort fell flat when he told the mourning wife her husband "knew what he signed up for".
Also in the crowd were members of the student body who survived when cops say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire after pulling a school fire alarm. The guns have changed but our laws have not.
"We want more gun safety", said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school.
Cruz has been booked on 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Among the student speakers were Cameron Kasky, 17, one of the students who launched "Never Again MSD", which has amassed almost 35,000 followers on Facebook in just three days, and Delaney Tarr, 17, who hid in a closet during the shooting and vowed to commit the rest of her life to reforming American gun laws.