Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:38

National gun debate continues

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NATIONWIDE (ABC NEWS) - The gun debate continues following last weeks deadly school shooting in Florida.

There have been a number of demonstrations in Maine by students and others calling for stronger gun laws. In fact, a Maine lawmaker has also proposed a bill that calls for banning bump stocks, a device that allows some weapons to fire more rapidly.

 

President Trump is considering new gun restrictions of his own and met yesterday with people who have witnessed the school violence first hand.

 

The debate over guns is intensifying.

 

One Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack, said "It doesn't make sense. Fix it. It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it."

 

President Trump listened to victims, parents and educators impacted by gun violence, one week after an AR15 was used to killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.

 

"I don't understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR." stated a Parkland student named Samuel Zeif.

 

Another Parkland student Justin Gruber said "I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace. There needs to be significant change in this country."

 

The president asked for solutions, but advocated for more mental institutions and appeared open to arming teachers. The president stated "And do people feel strongly against it, anybody? Anybody? Strongly against it? We can understand both sides. And certainly it is controversial. But we'll study that along with many other ideas."

 

In Tallahassee, Florida, Parkland students met face to face with lawmakers, frustrated over what many called a lack of straight answers.

 

During a tense CNN Town Hall debate last night GOP Senator Marco Rubio shifted some of his stances on guns. When ask by a parent, "Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?" Rubio replied "Of course they were. If you are 18 years of age you should not be able to buy a rifle. I will support a law that takes that right away."

 

The NRA was quick to respond opposing any law that would raise the age of purchase for rifles and shotguns.