Parkland Massacre Survivors Post Sweeping U.S. Gun-Control Plan Ahead of 2020 Election

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Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre on Wednesday released a sweeping gun-control plan that would ban assault-style rifles and take other steps in hopes of halving U.S. firearms deaths and injuries within a decade.

The group’s leaders addressed the proposal, which includes a measure to register more young voters, to 2020 candidates seeking the presidential nomination, asking them to make gun control a top priority.

“We urge them to take a look at this agenda,” Tyah Amoy-Roberts, a former student who survived the shooting, said in a statement. “We cannot allow mass shootings in grocery stores, churches, shopping malls, and schools to be the new normal.”

The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have worked to inspire a sense of urgency about gun violence since they started the national campaign “March for Our Lives” after a former student massacred 17 people with an assault rifle at their high school on Feb. 14, 2018.

Their plan comes weeks after back-to-back mass shootings killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

“The time for thoughts and prayers has come and gone. It is now time for real change and real action,” David Hogg, Parkland survivor and March for Our Lives co-founder, said in a statement.

Federal action has been limited in the face of the steady drumbeat of shootings. Days after the twin massacres, President Donald Trump publicly mulled backing stronger background checks for gun buyers but by this week Congressional Democrats were accusing him of backtracking due to pressure from the National Rifle Association gun lobby.

The NRA and gun-rights supporters condemned the latest effort to restrict guns, which they argue violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“The simple fact remains their proposals and ideas are out of the mainstream and most people will understand their real intent goes beyond what they publicly state,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter said on Wednesday.

The Parkland students’ plan includes measures such as a national gun buy-back and disposal program and a federal system of gun licensing requiring background checks and annual renewals. It also would boost federal funding for gun violence research, which has been limited since 1996 under a law prohibiting the use of federal funds to promote gun control.

The plan also calls on the government to automatically register all U.S. citizens to vote when they turn 18, a measure that March for Our Lives has pushed in an effort to turn out the youth vote and sway elections to yield tighter gun policies.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll this month, 69% of Americans said they support “strong” or “moderate” firearms restrictions and regulations, including 84% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans.

March for Our Lives and another gun-control group called Giffords, founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, are planning an Oct. 2 forum for 2020 candidates to discuss gun violence.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and David Gregorio)

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Laura Sealey
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Good grief I thought that pouty little wanker crawled away somewhere.

william jackson
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waa waa waa—loud mouth perv

Charles
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Stupid little boy. First of all, no assault rifle was used as the public isn’t allowed to obtain or use an automatic rifle unless through special permit. Again, no assault rifle was used. Second, gun buy back plans only promote crime where people will steal guns to sell back with no questions asked. Third, background checks have failed miserably to stop violent deaths or suicides (which are the majority of gun deaths). Not one mass killing or suicide had been committed by a gun bought through the so called fake “loophole” of gun shows. Not one! They were all committed… Read more »

Morte206
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* From the Article ** The Parkland students’ plan includes measures such as a national gun buy-back and disposal program and a federal system of gun licensing requiring background checks and annual renewals. It also would boost federal funding for gun violence research, which has been limited since 1996 under a law prohibiting the use of federal funds to promote gun control. The plan also calls on the government to automatically register all U.S. citizens to vote when they turn 18, a measure that March for Our Lives has pushed in an effort to turn out the youth vote and… Read more »

Sherri
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What part of “shall not be infringed” do these kids not understand…..never mind, most leftie, globalists don’t understand that either. They have to take our arms in order to proceed with global governance. America has always been the one place people try to safe haven in. That’s why they want open borders. No safe havens for anyone. We need to do more then take back America – we need to make sure the globalists are stopped EVERYWHERE!

Bonnie Keever
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What would impress me is you everyone pushing for this go and take every gang members guns away from them and let’s see how that works

John
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John

The mentally ill, criminal, and just plain evil people do not care about the law. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THAT? What this plan proposes is taking guns from those who would and could protect themselves, their families, and their property.

James
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Little boy with a big mouth spewing words he doesn’t understand. His 15 minutes of fame in front of a camera were up an hour after the massacre on February 14, 2018. Go away, boy and take time to read the Bill of Rights; the Second Amendment in particular.

“From my cold dead hands . . . . .”

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