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Inside, the president met with survivors and families of victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Columbine, Sandy Hook and others. In such case more gun control would not have stopped that. They were from a southeastern Washington DC school district and they too spoke about the toll that shootings have taken on their children. Yearly, our school counseling team reviews our roles in the aftermath of a shooting tragedy, determining who will release children to their parents' custody, who will be tasked with informing those unlucky parents that their children went to school and died in a barrage of semiautomatic fire. I thought that Sandy Hook was the worst it got, not even realizing that it was the worst mass shooting of its time. After all these shootings, Congress has done nothing. As British columnist Dan Hodges noted on Twitter in 2015: "In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the USA gun control debate".

Now we're back to square one. In 2017 there were 70 school shootings.

Children are dying from gun violence and Congress is failing to act.

We have chosen to create and uphold a world where we traumatize our children in their schools to protect an increasingly distorted and disturbed interpretation of the Second Amendment. This is not about Democrats or Republicans. Zaire was one of six young people age 16 and 17 who were slain in DC in 2017. These two men have had their chances.

"I absolutely know that this app can save lives", Sandy Hook Promise founder Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Sandy Hook shooting, said, ABC News reported. On the contrary, NRA-funded politicians are proactively doing the bidding of their donors, working overtime to eliminate any restrictions on gun ownership. "I know that that's the way forward". I'd say it's a fair comparison. But we have to try.

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Teachers say they're taking a close look at safety protocols after this latest shooting has rocked the country. No one wants to take away your rights or privileges. If someone can buy a gun with virtually no restrictions in IN, then what the hell is going to stop that gun from getting to IL?

The shooting in Parkland, FL, derails a lot of the favorite talking points for gun control opponents. Gun shop owners would be fastidious about performing background checks, they'd alert the authorities about any customer who seemed like a risk, and they would demand the permanent closure of any gun shop that negligently sold a weapon used in a mass shooting.

Have we no compassion for these grieving parents, no firm belief that children have a right to a safe environment within their school? Britain's 1987 mass shooting also brought about stricter gun control. Obviously a gun does not have a mind of its own so firearms personification is a sick game and the wrong approach to the problem. Politicians need to decide whether their careers are more important than the lives of their constituents. He said they both reject the idea that teachers should be armed. But a package of measures that help lessen the chance of the next deadly day is one worth passing.

Sam Mollin is a freshman political science major from Mamaroneck, N.Y. Until then, keep fighting.

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