A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida.
"But instead we are up here standing together because if all our Government and President can do is send "thoughts and prayers", then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see". Lauderdale Federal Courthouse before reading the president's February 15 Twitter post that stressed people should've reported "bad and erratic behavior" to authorities.
"Neighbours and classmates knew he [Mr Cruz] was a big problem".
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, called that tweet an "absurd statement" on CNN's "State of the Union", adding that the "FBI apparently made a bad mistake, and people should be held accountable".
A rally is set for Tallahassee, the state capital, on Wednesday, where a lawmaker is seeking a legislative opening for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, including the AR-15 that Cruz is alleged to have used.
"We did [report it]".
"We did. Time and time again". "Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms". We did. We know that they are claiming mental health issues, and I am not a psychologist, but we need to pay attention to the fact that this was not just a mental health issue.
Laurie Woodward Garcia, the mother of a 14-year-old girl, echoed many in the crowd, who said they believed that this shooting would lead to change, though so many others had not.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray, who is now facing calls from Republicans to resign, said: "We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy". When Thorne tried to continue, security escorted her out as she chanted "No more guns!"
Thorne said she shook Ryan's hand and introduced herself but added, "You're here celebrating the death of 17 children".
Democratic State Senator Linda Stewart, who represents Orange County, where 49 people were massacred at the Pulse nightclub in 2016, said she needs to gain support from three Republicans, who control the state legislature, to win passage of her measure but hopes to force a vote even if it fails.
"We did", Gonzalez said, her shaking with emotion. Marco Rubio embraced a Democratic bill in the Florida legislature to allow courts to temporarily prevent people from having guns if they are determined to be a threat to themselves or others.
"Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate, seated funded by the NRA, telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call BS". Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn't know this kid, OK?
Senior student David Hogg said Wednesday's mass shooting would be a turning point in American history.
Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met.
The organization is encouraging teachers and students to organize sit-ins, walkouts, marches and any other events to protest gun violence in schools. Add Florida School Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Florida School Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, "He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house" in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page.