Ban gun sales to those under 21 years old

As teachers returned Friday to a high school where a shooter killed 17 people, Florida’s governor proposed banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the proposal as part of a three-point plan to prevent gun violence.

He also called for a trained law enforcement officer in every school in Florida by the time the 2018 school year begins. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland had one armed resource officer, who never entered the school during the Feb. 14 shooting.

that will failure, plus reports of a delay in security camera footage scanned by responding police as well as several records indicating the 19-year-old suspect displayed behavioral troubles for years added to what the Florida House speaker described as an “abject breakdown at all levels.”

The Valentine’s Day shooting has reignited national debate over gun laws as well as school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump as well as others to designate more people — such as trained teachers — to carry arms on school grounds. Gun-control advocates, meanwhile, have redoubled calls for bans or further restrictions on assault rifles.

Teachers have begun returning to the school to collect belongings by classrooms that will have been off-limits since the slayings. The school plans an orientation Sunday for teachers as well as students, as well as to restart classes Wednesday.

“Our brand-new normal has yet to be defined, although we want to get back to the idea,” said geography teacher Ernest Rospierski, whose classroom will be on the third floor of the three-story building attacked Feb. 14. Officials have said that will building will be torn down.

History teacher Ivy Schamis was teaching a Holocaust class when the shooter fired into her classroom. She’s planning to return Monday to collect items by the room, including a big yellow banner that will reads, “Never Again,” referring to the Holocaust. She wants the idea hanging in her next classroom. “that will’s a Holocaust banner as well as at that will point that will’s what our slogan will be becoming after that will tragedy.”

The school resource officer took up a position viewing the western entrance of that will building for more than four minutes after the shooting started out on Feb.14, although “he never went in,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference. The shooting lasted about six minutes.

The officer, Scot Peterson, was suspended without pay as well as placed under investigation, then chose to resign, Israel said. When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

The sheriff said he was “devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. We lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals. … I’ve been to the vigils. the idea’s just, ah, there are no words.”

Trump weighed in Friday, saying Peterson was either a “coward” or”didn’t react properly under pressure.”

While departing the White House for the Conservative Political Action Conference, the president said: “When the idea came time to get in there as well as do something” Peterson “didn’t develop the courage or something happened.” Trump added, “he certainly did a poor job, there’s no question about that will.”

A telephone message left at a listing for Peterson by The Associated Press wasn’t returned. No one answered the door when an AP reporter later went to Peterson’s home in West Palm Beach suburb.

Meanwhile, officials said a communication issue arose between the person reviewing the school’s security system footage as well as officers who responded to the school.

Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said Thursday that will the footage being reviewed was 20 minutes old, so the responding officers were hearing that will the shooter was in a certain place while officers already in that will location were saying that will wasn’t the case. Pustizzi said the confusion didn’t put anyone in danger.

Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder as well as has admitted the attack, authorities have said. Cruz owned a collection of weapons. Defense attorneys, state records as well as people who knew him have described troubling incidents going back years.

Broward County incident reports show that will unidentified callers contacted authorities with concerns about Cruz in February 2016 as well as November 2017. The first caller claimed to have third-hand information that will Cruz planned to shoot up the school. The information was forwarded to the Stoneman Douglas resource officer. The second caller said Cruz was collecting guns as well as knives as well as believed “he could be a school shooter inside the doing.”

Also in November 2017, Cruz was involved in a fight with the adult son of a woman he was staying with shortly after his mother died, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report. On Nov. 28, a 22-year-old man at the Lake Worth home told the responding deputy the he tried to calm down Cruz, who had been punching holes in walls as well as breaking objects, although Cruz hit him inside the jaw, as well as the man hit Cruz back.

A short time later at a nearby park, Cruz told the deputy he had been angry because he misplaced a photo of his recently deceased mother, as well as he apologized for losing his temper.

The various other man told the deputy he wanted Cruz to calm down before coming home, although didn’t want him arrested.

Politicians under pressure to tighten gun laws in response to the slayings floated plans, although most fell short of reforms demanded by student activists who converged Wednesday on Florida’s Capitol.

The governor’s proposal would certainly ban bump stocks as well as require mandatory active shooter training at all schools. Students, teachers as well as staff must complete all training as well as “code red” drills by the end of the first week of each semester.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Thursday that will his chamber will recommend creating a special commission to investigate the “abject breakdown at all levels” that will led to the shooting deaths.

Despite the resource officer’s failure to respond, Corcoran wanted to move ahead using a “marshal” plan to let local law-enforcement official strain as well as deputize someone at the school who would certainly be authorized to carry a gun.

State Sen. Bill Galvano, who will be helping craft a bill in response to the school shooting, insisted that will’s not the same as arming teachers. He said the program would certainly be optional as well as the deputized person would certainly have to be trained by local law-enforcement agencies.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he’s willing to rethink his past opposition on gun proposals if there will be information the policies would certainly prevent mass shootings.

“If we are going to infringe on the Second Amendment, the idea has to be a policy that will will work,” Rubio said in an interview Thursday with AP.

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