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President Trump visits Florida school shoot victims, first responders

21 February 2018

President Donald Trump quoted from a Bible passage on prayer and healing when addressing the nation on the most recent tragic mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.

As congressional leaders once again debate the merits of gun legislation in the aftermath of another school shooting, at least one parent stood up and voiced her frustration against inaction from the White House. "Our families and our children go to school and have to get killed".

After the Las Vegas shooting in October when 59 people were killed by a gunman, President Trump said it wasn't the right time to talk about gun control.

As with previous mass shootings, the focus of gun control advocates was the easy availability of the AR-15, a civilian version of the USA military's M16.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted last week that it failed to investigate a warning from a person close to Cruz that he spoke about violence and might be capable of shooting up a school, Trump criticized the agency's response.

"I don't want Trump to come but we want more gun safety", said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school.

President Trump will also meet with the Broward County Sheriffs office later tonight to thank them for their valiant efforts in wake of the incident.

The president also spoke with Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine about the need to keep helping victims, their families and others traumatized by the shooting. "Every minute of the day we are focusing on how we can support our families, our students and our staff as we work through this horrific situation". "Congress has a moral responsibility to take common-sense action to prevent the daily tragedy of gun violence in communities across America", she said. So when the alarm went off Wednesday afternoon shortly before they were to be dismissed, they once again filed out into the hallways.

Authorities said Cruz had a string of run-ins with school authorities that ended with his expulsion.

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Since the attack, students from the school have become increasingly vocal in their demands for gun-control measures.

Tyra Hemans, a 12th grade student who was inside the building, told Xinhua that she couldn't believe it when hearing the gun shots but immediately ran for covers.

It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years ago.

"The president has spoken with Gov. [Rick] Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed", Sanders said. "It is a frightful day for us".

Deutch appeared on Fox News Thursday and said he met with a student that recently interviewed him for the school's television station and expressed his condolences.

The suspect was found by police at the nearby town Coral Springs. Two of the victims have since died, according to officials. Posed with guns on social media. "If you see something, say something", he said.

Cruz was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and multiple ammunition magazines, police said. He also will meet with state and local officials on school safety on Thursday.

President Trump is facing pressure to take action on gun control as a Florida community tries to heal.

And if adults can not manage that in their lifetimes, he said, students will do it.

President Trump visits Florida school shoot victims, first responders