Florida School Shooting Aftermath: Students Call For Tougher Gun Laws, Trump Blames FBI

| February 18 , 2018 , 10:49 IST

The shooting that took place at a Florida High School on February 14, resulting in the death of 17 students and teachers shocked the world with the tragedy inflicted on a place of learning, by one of the school's former students. While students pushed for tougher gun laws, the administration blamed FBI who were reportedly already tipped off about the shooter before the incident.

Survivors of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, carried out a rally in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, calling for tougher gun laws in the US, a nation infamous for the number of guns in the possession of civilians.

At the rally, class 12 student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school Emma Gonzalez, urged action, saying that without action there would be more deaths.

"Maybe the adults have got used to saying, 'It is what it is,'... But if us students have learned anything, it's that if you don't study, you will fail. And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead," Gonzalez was quoted by CNN as saying.

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US President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed the FBI for not acting against the shooter Nikolas Cruz, against whom the FBI had been tipped off in January 2018.

The 19-year-old shooter Niklas Cruz was expelled from the school for unspecified "disciplinary" reasons and was arrested after he shot and killed 17 people injuring 15 others at the Parkland high school on February 14.

According to an FBI statement quoted by the BBC, a person close to Cruz contacted the FBI tip-line on January 5 to provide "information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."

In addition, a man from the state of Mississippi had reported to the FBI in September regarding a disturbing comment left on a YouTube video by a user called 'nikolas cruz' that said, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter."

US President Trump blamed the FBI for focussing too much on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and missing the 'many signals' sent by the Florida school shooter.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" Trump tweeted on Sunday.