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Parkland School Shooting: 7 Quotes From the Heated Gun Control Debate

By    |   Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:41 AM

The horrible tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018 reignited the heated debate on gun control. The incident left 17 students and staff members dead.

Student activists, politicians, and people who demand tighter gun restrictions went to rallies and marched in the streets following one of the deadliest school shootings in the country's history.

Others continue to maintain that mental health issues, improved background checks, and security measures be taken into consideration to protect the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

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Here are seven quotes from the heated gun control debate after the Parkland school shooting:

“The right to bear arms . . . does not and never will overpower the individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Parkland school shooting survivor Florence Yared during a rally in the state capitol in Tallahassee shortly after the tragedy, CNN reported. “We cannot protect our guns before we protect our children.”

“America’s high school students are leading a revolution against political complacency and collusion with the NRA. And I want you to know that you are not only acting in solidarity with the students from Parkland . . . but you are acting in the finest tradition of America’s young people who have always stood up to change America when nobody else would do it.” — Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Some students, who feel in the minority, have different views.

“There’s no real way to avoid having a school shooting,” said Kaitlyn Helms, a 15-year-old sophomore from Pennsylvania. “People are going to find some type of way to do what they want, whether it’s with guns or without them.” According to USA Today, she added: “It’s not the gun’s fault. The gun’s not going to go off without someone’s finger on the trigger.”

“But don’t lose sight of the fact that ultimately on-site security is the best chance of minimizing these types of events," said William Burris, a retired detective representing gun owners at a state Senate committee hearing in Olympia, Washington. The hearing was for a state bill to raise the age limit and have a 10-day waiting period for purchasing a semi-automatic weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The National Rifle Association called the Washington state bill another one of the “gun control measures that only serve to punish law-abiding citizens.”

Many Hollywood celebrities also jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon, including Chelsea Handler, who tweeted: “We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won’t allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands.”

President Donald Trump also addressed the matter, calling on lawmakers to send him "one terrific bill" on gun safety. “I will sign it and I will call whoever you want me to if I like what you’re doing," he said, according to the LA Times.

He pointed out he wants a bill “very, very powerful on background checks” and “very strong on mentally ill.”

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