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What We Know About the Florida School Shooting

by Countable | 2.15.18

Details are still emerging, but here’s what we know about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.

  • Seventeen people – including teachers and students – were killed after a gunman barged into the high school around 2:30 pm and open fired.

  • Fourteen people were injured during the attack: two died later in the hospital, seven remain in critical condition, and five were released on Thursday.

  • The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was previously expelled from the institution for "disciplinary reasons." One of Cruz’s former teachers said he "wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him," the Miami Herald reported.

  • Cruz was arrested in the nearby city of Coral Springs following a police manhunt. He’s been charged with 17 counts of murder.

  • Police said the suspected shooter was armed with an AR-15 rifle, "multiple magazines," smoke grenades, and a gas mask. He purchased the gun legally.

  • Social media accounts believed to be Cruz’s contain a variety of gun and violence-related posts. As CNN reported, "On his Instagram page, Cruz posted a photo of a shotgun. In another photo he brandishes what appears to be a BB gun. In other pictures, he is covering his face with a kerchief and brandishing long knives."

  • The FBI said it was alerted to a YouTube post made by a "Nikolas Cruz" last September which said, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” However, the FBI stated that “No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment. The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment."

  • According to data from Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been 18 school shootings in the U.S. this year. This the eighth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

What do you think?

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—Josh Herman

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  • justanothermother
    02/15/2018
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    I'm not saying take away everyone's guns, but damnit, don't make it so easy for EVERYONE to get their hands on assault rifles for GOD SAKES. FIX the gun laws now.

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  • Warren
    02/15/2018
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    Did you see how much money the NRA gave to republicans millions 21 million to trump alone. Unbelievable. What does anyone need a AR 15 for come on.

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  • Suzanne
    02/15/2018
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    No one needs an automatic weapon. Name one good reason why these weapons shouldn’t be banned! Oh, the NRA says they are fine.... well 95% of Americans say they aren’t!? Who is representing us!? Get these weapons off of our streets NOW.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    02/15/2018
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    I do not care what an amendment or some policy states....... If innocent people are getting harmed, and a Constitution enables the harm of the Citizens it was written to protect and serve, then the language needs to be re-wrote effectively, or add another amendment that will enable the feasibility to protect the Citizens. Times have certainly changed since 200 years ago. Some words have even changed in meaning. Our corporations have all changed the language of their Governance and Employee manuals to meet the ethical requirements of modern society. Our Constitution needs the same attention to detail, and applied ethics to address modern society, in which it serves.

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  • IllWill
    02/15/2018
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    There are way too many guns in circulation in this country. There is enough guns in this country for every man, woman, and child. We absolutely gun crazy in the United States! Why do we have semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s circulating around the country? There is no practical use for a weapon like this other than to go to the firing range and to kill lots of people. Enough is enough! We need serious gun laws in this country that limit the numbers of weapons out there and the type of weapons out there like every other modern nation, but Congress isn’t going to do anything because they are bought and owned by the NRA and gun manufacturers. Any politician that takes money from gun manufacturers and the NRA needs to be kicked out of office!

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  • Luke
    02/15/2018
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    What is an AR-15 used for? To kill people, plain and simple it is not a hunting weapon or a personal defensive firearm, it is by all intents and purposes a killing machine. Those weapons have no place among the general population but have been used to innocents. The blood isn’t on Nikolas Cruz’s hands, it’s is on the hands of our lawmakers, our Congress, and all of the political leaders in our country. Thoughts and prayers are useless, absolutely useless, baseless and empty; And they will not prevent or deter something like this from happening again. We need stronger gun laws to at the very least, take killing machines away from the general population.

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  • Daniel
    02/15/2018
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    The first three words of the 2nd Amendment are “A well regulated...”! Do something to regulate who can have guns. I am a gun owner and I’ll wait an extra day or two to make sure they don’t go to people who shouldn’t have them. TAKE ACTION! The world is watching! I AM WATCHING!!

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  • John
    02/15/2018
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    Every legislator and government official who has not voted to restrict assault weapons and large magazines is guilty of first degree murder. Enough of the “ now’s not the time”, “it’s not about guns”, “let’s not act rashly” excuses. It is about guns and easy accessibility to them and large magazines. The NRA has proven itself to be a shill for the murder industries and an active accomplice in these shootings. People claim they need guns to protect themselves from people who have guns they need to protect themselves from people who have guns ad nauseum. Wake up and stop the slaughter!

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  • NoHedges
    02/16/2018
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    Today using the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and The Habits of the Mind by Arthur Costa and Bella Kallick, a group of 12 nine-year-olds were better able to articulate the negative societal effects of a leader who fails to apply the tenets of flexible thinking -ie taking the perspective of another, coming up with alternative solutions, weigh options, and most of all consider the input of other than any Republican legislator has been able to do since 45 took office. 🛑 These 9 year olds were better able to draft a policy statement calling for new legislation to protect others from becoming minotaur food than I have yet to see from our entire GOP. One young lady titled her paper; A Case for Veggie Burgers: Why it is important for leaders to consider the options. Another boy not even nine, was able to extrapolate why teenagers, like the one in the most recent school shooting, might feel like his needs weren't getting met in a "school system that doesn't help me when I grow up." ⚡️His words "our government doesn't care about kids or what our life will be like someday. They don't care if I can get a good job or go to college and that's not fair. Stuff like that really makes people mad." ⚡️ I could go on to tell you about the two girls who cited evidence in their essay using your proposal for food boxes in their essay titled: Make Them Eat Bussell Spouts or the boy whose dad works 3 jobs and still can't see a doctor titled: My Dad Might Die: Legislative Malpractice. 💕But it would seem that, like King Aegeus, your legacy is destined to be remembered as a failure to think flexibility and consider the impact of your actions on those who will ultimately be writing your legacy.

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  • Karen
    02/15/2018
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    To all my government officials: If you receive money from the NRA,. You don receive my VOTE " JUST SAY NO" to " NRA BLOOD MONEY"

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  • Kevin
    02/16/2018
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    Assault rifles!!!!! Please what the hell are politicians thinking. Large multiple round magazines. Gun shows where there are no background checks! This shit has to stop! I own a hand gun for home protection. Don’t take away the right to own a gun but let’s be real and tell Congress to get their act together. The gun nuts at the NRA can kiss my ass.

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  • Azrael
    02/15/2018
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    We know spineless government employees will not implement sensible gun control laws If your children are not more important to you than your guns, you are the problem

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  • Patricia
    02/15/2018
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    I am very angry. The only reason there are so many mass shootings in this country is that we have a Congress that is bought and paid for by the NRA. Yes, we need more mental health laws, ideas to engage the disaffected, especially angry white guys, and maintaining social programs. We have an administration that gave a huge tax break to the population that could do more for the rest of us and a Congress that does nothing for us! I am beyond sad. I am angry and I will not vote for anyone who does not want stricter gun laws and does not work for them.

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  • Matt
    02/16/2018
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    As a gun owning constituent of yours I urge you to respond to the latest mass shooting incident in Parkland, FL. Data shows that during the years that the Brady Bill was in effect that mass shootings declined. I suggest revisiting this legislation and perhaps making improvements to it. I understand that the gun lobby and NRA influence is powerful and daunting to resist. Be the voice of your constituency that we’ve elected you to be and you will literally have our undying gratitude and support. Guns don’t kill people, people with guns do.

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  • divinejlet
    02/16/2018
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    It’s pointless to contact my representatives on this. They don’t listen to our words, but they do listen to money. The amount of money given by the NRA & others is astonishing. We need to speak with our wallets. Donate to Everytown or Moms Demand Action or a pac that has the sole intention to change this crap. Afterwards, remind your representatives that their only job is to speak and act on YOUR behalf. This needs to be everyone’s top issue in the upcoming elections. If your parties candidate is unwilling to do ANYTHING on this topic vote for the other guy. All of our other issues can be put aside for one election cycle. We can’t bring our murdered citizens back. Don’t want to touch the gun issue? Fine. Propose another way to help solve the problem. Plain refusal to participate is NO LONGER ALLOWED.

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  • Surender
    02/15/2018
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    Folks quit hiding behind this lame excuse of ‘mental health issues’! Just proves your stupidity!? You mean to say UK, Japan do not have such issues? Its the guns Stoopid!

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  • Pamela
    02/16/2018
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    It’s time that we take action , you have been chosen to represent the people not corporations , Gun manufacture or the NRA! It’s time actionable solutions are put in place ! It’s time the American people change their mindset that guns are a right ! Why? when the constitution was installed the only thing we worry about where muskets , we now have semi- automatic weapons that kill by the many ! Drastic measures are needed , a deep social movement of changing mindset of the collective is a must !. More aggressive mental health accessibility ! More mentoring to our youth ! More action and less good thoughts ... good thoughts offer zero solutions since columbine to now ... no change !

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  • Chris
    02/16/2018
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    Gun control. Period.

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  • Diane
    02/16/2018
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    ACTION! No more thoughts and prayers! Nobody need semiautomatic weapons. The courts need to interpret the second amendment in the context in which it was written-the weapons technology of several hundred years ago! This must stop and immediately!

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  • PaxAmericana
    02/15/2018
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    Fix the problems of gun violence, not the symptoms. If you ban guns you A. Violate the second amendment, and B. Disarm the good guys. And don’t tell me gun control/bans will work, because Prohibition and the war on drugs has proven otherwise. The solution is tackling mental health issues. If a person has a fever because of Strep throat, you don’t put him in a freezer; you give him antibiotics. Likewise, to stop shootings like this you don’t ban guns; you prevent deranged individuals from embarking on such a path and increase law enforcement.

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