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."
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
To all my government officials: If you receive money from the NRA,. You don receive my VOTE " JUST SAY NO" to " NRA BLOOD MONEY"
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Gun control. Period.
Please outlaw automatic weapons and create tougher gun laws NOW! Our country has become one of the top 50 dangerous places to live !!
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!
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!
I’m writing to express how appalled I am at yet another act of madness — a shooting — in a public school. The shooting, this time in Florida, was carried out by a kid with an AR-15 rifle that was purchased legally. The kid, Cruz, had a very worrying profile and a pattern of behavior that, in hindsight, pointed to him as being at risk for doing exactly what he did. This was an act of madness by a teenager who had recently been orphaned. The system failed him, he said he listened to the voices inside his head, and as of now a total of 19 students and teachers are dead, over a dozen injured, and a community absolutely traumatized. Then today, I discovered that President Trump signed House Resolution 40 soon after taking office, to make it easier for Americans with mental health disorders to pass a background check and buy guns. This was another act of madness! I don’t want to ban guns ( although why anyone would ever need a semi automatic, I’ll never know); I just want a universal background check that would stop someone who shouldn’t buy a gun, from buying one. I am an independent voter. And I’m a registered nurse who has seen what gun violence does to people. And I can guarantee you that I will never vote for anyone in the House of Representatives who helped to pass HR 40. Shame on the US Congress, for not passing laws that can keep guns out of the hands of people possessed by madness! Shame on you!
The outrage and the debates continue around the Florida school murders. I have one question I would like asked on the floor of both the House and the Senate, and actually answered by those present: Whose child needs to die before our lawmakers will muster the morality and the courage to actually do something effective to control guns and stop the violence?