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Thursday, March 15, 2018

US students honor the victims of the deadly shooting in Florida

Por Nina

Thousands of students in the United States left their classes for 17 minutes to remember that many of victims that were killed a month ago during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, Florida. The so-called National Day of March had a special connotation in this institution, where the students honored the deceased, and also received the support of many who were present outside the facilities.

Both youth and adults joined the rally elsewhere in Florida, almost a week after the state Congress and Governor Rick Scott approved a law against free use of weapons. Press reports recalled that this initiative is the prelude to the so-called March for our lives, scheduled for March 24 in and outside the United States. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives of the United States approved a bill to prevent violence in schools, which lacks any measure related to the control of firearms.

"Good news: with a vote of 407 to 10, the House of Representatives has just passed the School Violence Law, STOP," the president of that legislative body, Paul Ryan, announced in his Twitter account. According to the Republican legislator, the regulation gives law enforcement, school officials and students the training, technology and resources they need to identify and prevent threats. The congressmen gave the green light to the measure on the same day thousands of students across the country mobilized to demand stricter weapons control measures and condemn the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association.

Among the demands of young people and various sectors include strengthening the background checks in the purchase of weapons, prohibit the sale of devices known as 'bump stocks' and assault rifles, and raise to 21 years the minimum age to acquire weapons. But the bill endorsed this week, instead of focusing on gun control, focuses on improving school safety and investigating why security forces let repeated warning signals pass over the perpetrator of the shooting in Florida on February 14. The law would provide $ 50 million a year for a new federal grant program to train students, teachers and law enforcement on how to detect and report evidence of armed violence.

It would also authorize $ 25 million for schools to improve and tighten their security with the installation of new locks, lights, metal detectors and panic buttons, for which funds should be provided in an expense bill that will be assessed separately. Although Democrats from the House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the bill, they argue that it is far below what is needed to combat the scourge of mass shootings, considering that it has recently addressed the potential of armed violence in other public places. This is a good bill, but it will not solve our problem with weapons, it will not ban the accumulation of bump stocks, it will not fix our background check system, nor will it take the war weaponry out of our streets, said Ted Deutch, representative of the blue party for Florida.