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Marjory Stoneman Douglas - the namesake of the Florida high-school-turned-crime-scene in last week's second deadliest mass shooting at a US public school - was a journalist, a suffragette, a civil rights and anti-poverty activist and an environmentalist. "I'm not anxious he'll go too far".

Gun control advocates, meanwhile, have redoubled calls for bans or further restrictions on assault rifles.

The fantastic proposal to arm teachers as a way of dealing with school gun violence is a very bad idea. "They have a challenging job as it is".

Speaking at a news conference in the state capital Tallahassee, Florida Governor Scott unveiled a $450 million plan aimed at improving school safety.

Republicans, on the other hand, warned that it was unclear whether the students would gain momentum beyond Florida, where they pushed Republican Governor Rick Scott to propose tighter gun laws on Friday.

According to Weigend, 68 percent of members of the National Association for Education oppose the idea of firearms training or carrying weapons in schools, a fact echoed by several teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the wake of last week's shooting. "You can't hire enough security guards".

Florida's House speaker called it an "abject breakdown at all levels".

"It's time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers", he said. "Because my daughter, I'm not going to see again", said Pollack. The woman described Cruz's short temper and said he had the "mental capacity of a 12- to 14-year-old". "I think the NRA's going to be for it". People like to blame them, and they do have power and all of that, but they want to do things. Standards like requiring two references to vouch for you, registering your weapon with local law enforcement, and ownership being subjected to a person's history of abuse or alcoholism, similar to how nations like New Zealand operate, should also be deliberated on. Invest in more school counselors who can help spot mental health issues.

Those of us who have travelled the curious emotional spectrum from disgust to outrage to cynicism to jadedness to indifference to oblivion - where tragedies have become business as usual - are all part of the collateral damage of mass shooters and the wilfully obstructionist lawmakers and lobbyists upon whom these crazed loners rely to access weapons. It is common sense. He has floated the idea of arming teachers as a possible deterrent.

Trump did not say whether he would go to the Capitol to pay his respects.

"You should be anxious and you should be frightened" about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House", he said.

With legislative sessions under way across the country, the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has ignited a wide array of debates on firearms.

Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who killed his fellow classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, was able to purchase the AR-15 rifle while only being 19 years of age.

"So we have to do something that works", he said. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. "So, we need offensive capability, and we're going to be doing something about it", Trump said responding to a critics to his proposal to arm selected school teachers with concealed arms. When they see 'this is a gun-free zone,' that means that nobody has a gun except them, nobody's going to be shooting bullets in the other direction. We must not let them down. But that officer realized he was outgunned, holding only a handgun while the gunman had a rifle, so the officer retreated, police later said. And she thinks it would change the dynamic of a student teacher relationship.

Broward teachers union president Anna Fusco met with the teachers as they returned to campus Friday, hailing them as "incredibly fearless and strong".

"I personally don't like guns, and don't feel confident in having one".