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CNNIn this screen grab Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Gonzalez and David Hoggs speak with CNN

CNNIn this screen grab Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Gonzalez and David Hoggs speak with CNN

The sheriff explained that even though Peterson arrived only 90 seconds after the first shot, the deputy "lingered" outside the building for a minimum of four minutes.

If you think that sounds like a lot, it's because it is.

The state of Florida, home to 21 million people, holds the USA record for the number of firearms licenses: more than 2 million. "Asking our teachers to carry guns, to me, that's an easy way out".

Sheriff Robert Doyle called the notion "a bad idea".

Teachers and law enforcement organizations oppose the idea, while several states are considering arming teachers.

There's a lot of speculation that Scott will run for a Senate seat in November (he is also up for reelection as Governor). "It's all kind of insane".

Mr Scott said they would be sheriff's deputies or police officers, downplaying a proposal - embraced by Donald Trump - to arm teachers.

"If [shooters] know bad things happened to them once they get into that school by people who love the children - see, a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children", Trump said.

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"I disagree with arming teachers".

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Thursday night that his chamber is going to recommend creating a special commission to investigate the "abject breakdown at all levels" that led to the shooting deaths.

"There is support for an assault weapons ban", said Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando. Authorities have said that Cruz, who was expelled from Stoneman Douglas High past year for unspecified disciplinary problems.

"A certain type of person is the type of teacher that you want, and I'm hoping I'm that type of person", said Schreiber. But he said that some skeptics are starting to agree with him that schools should be "a much harder site for attackers". "We have to show fidelity to the Constitution", Negron said during a second news conference with almost a dozen Republican lawmakers. "It can't be soft".

Gov. Rick Scott is set to release what his office calls an "action plan to make major changes to help keep Florida students safe".

Scott, who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and has received its highest rating for supporting gun rights, called for a mandatory law enforcement officer in every public school and for mandatory "active shooter training" for students and faculty.

He also said he would strengthen state laws to prevent the purchase or possession of weapons from any adult "when either a family member, community welfare expert or law enforcement officer files a sworn request, and presents evidence to the court of a threat of violence involving firearms or other weapons".

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