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Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'

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Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don’t appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.

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Survivors of Florida school massacre rally for gun ban in state capital

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Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed began a march to the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday, where they were to meet with lawmakers to call for a ban on assault-style weapons.

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Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors

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WASHINGTON ― After what seems like a never-ending stream of deadly mass shootings, many gun reform proponents fear that Americans have become too desensitized to bloodshed to demand action to end gun violence.

US gun owners destroy rifles in #OneLess response to Florida school shooting  

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US gun owners are destroying their rifles in response to the Florida school mass shooting which claimed 17 lives. Gun owner Scott-Dani Pappalardo, who has a tattoo of the Second Amendment honouring Americans' rights to bear arms, inspired the #OneLess campaign with an impassioned anti-gun speech which has been viewed by more than 17 million people. The New Yorker, who legally purchased and registered the AR-15 assault rifle 30 years ago, said the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy had changed his mind about gun control. Mr Pappalardo’s powerful video, in which he uses an angle grinder to saw his weapon in half, has now encouraged others to do the same. “I remember after Sandy Hook happened I said to my wife ‘I’d gladly give this gun up if it would save the life of just one child.’ That’s five years ago now and since then over 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. I've destroyed my AR-15. Have you? #onelesspic.twitter.com/XSO5YFagVa— Jim Elefantis ����✡️ (@Alefantis1488) February 20, 2018 “So I guess my words were just empty words in the spare of the moment and now here we are, 17 more lives lost, so when do we change? When do we make laws that say maybe a weapon like this isn't acceptable in today’s society?” Mr Pappalardo explained he could have sold the rifle for around $800 (£600), but admitted he “couldn’t live with himself” knowing his gun could one day be used to commit a horrific act. “I’ve decided I’m going to make sure this weapon is never capable of taking a life, the barrel of this gun will never be pointed at someone,” he continued. “Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? A weapon like this that can cause so much death and destruction. “Look at the picture of those victims - is that right more important? I don’t think so. I’m going to make sure that will never happen with my weapon. “For all you haters out there, who think I’m very stupid for doing this. I hope and I pray it doesn’t take the barrel of one of these guns pointed at your child’s head to change your mind.” Other US gun owners have joined the campaign by sharing videos and images of their dismantled weapons in response to the massacre. #oneless I agree with Mr. Pappalardo. I, too, enjoy owning guns, and am a legal gun owner, but I also could not live with myself if my weapon was used to injure or kill an innocent. This is my ex-boomstick after I had at it with a grinder saw. pic.twitter.com/5PY8YjPiqu— Deb Lentz (@Momin8tr) February 20, 2018 "The only way that I can know for sure that this gun will never hurt anyone is if it doesn't exist."  Connecticut resident Amanda Meyer is the latest gun owner to destroy her weapon in support of the "one less gun" movement in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida. pic.twitter.com/o49ePCKq5q— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2018 Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz is alleged to have walked into the Parkland high school wearing a gas mask and carrying smoke grenades before opening fire on students and staff with an AR-15 assault rifle. The troubled 19-year-old, who had been expelled from the school, was able to legally purchase at least seven long guns despite a documented history of mental health issues. It is the 18th school shooting in the US in 2018 and the third deadliest in American history, once again reigniting the debate on gun control laws. The AR-15, a semi-automatic civilian version of the US military's standard-issue M16, is known as “America's most popular rifle”, with more than five million in circulation around the country. Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 at a country music festival in October after opening fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel was in possession of an AR-15 when police stormed his room. The weapon was also used by Devin Patrick Kelley, who shot and killed 26 in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. The scale of US mass shootings in 2017 Meanwhile, teenage survivors of the shooting are organising a nationwide ‘March for Our Lives’ campaign next month calling for an end to gun violence and mass shootings in US schools. Survivors of the shooting have also started a Never Again campaign, in a bid to push lawmakers to take action to stop gun violence.

Florida shooting survivors taunted by right-wing commentators and conspiracy theorists

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Students who survived the Florida school shooting have been mocked and targeted by conspiracy theorists who claimed they were “crisis actors” only pretending to have been caught up in the violence. Conspiracy claims have spread across Facebook and Twitter in the week since 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, while commentators have cracked jokes and claimed students were being “used” by anti-Trump media. An aide to a Florida politician was sacked for suggesting two teens were merely actors pretending to be students.

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George And Amal Clooney’s Support For Florida Shooting Survivors Gets Oprah’s Backing

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George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney plan to march in support of the survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

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Florida Republican's aide sacked after suggesting shooting survivors are actors

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A Florida congressman's aide has been fired after spreading a conspiracy theory that some of the Flordia school shooting victims calling for gun control were actors. Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Republican state representative Shawn Harrison, sent an email to a Tampa Bay Times journalist claiming that two survivors of the Parkland tragedy, speaking up after 17 of their classmates were killed in a school shooting, were not real students. The 61-year-old wrote: "Both kids in the picture are not students [at Stoneman Douglas] but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen." The newspaper reported that after it asked for evidence for this allegation, the aide sent a YouTube conspiracy video targeting one of the students. After publication of  Kelly's claims, he was fired. Harrison said he was “appalled at and strongly denounce his comments”, adding that he was “sorry for any pain this has caused the grieving families of this tragedy”. He tweeted: "I do not share his opinion and he did so without my knowledge." Here's the email. I asked for formation to back up the claim and was sent another email that linked to a YouTube conspiracy video. pic.twitter.com/VRSVOcjj3E— Alex Leary (@learyreports) February 20, 2018 Kelly apologised for his actions, saying that he "made a mistake whereas I tried to inform a reporter of information relating to his story regarding a school shooting". He added: "This was not my responsibility. I meant no disrespect to the students or parents of Parkland." Tonight Mr. Kelly was terminated from his position as my District Secretary. I am appalled at and strongly denounce his comments about the Parkland students. I am again sorry for any pain this has caused the grieving families of this tragedy.— Shawn Harrison (@Shawnfor63) February 21, 2018 Robert Runcie, Broward County school superintendent, told CNN: “These are absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas. They’ve been there. I can verify that.” He said the comments were "outrageous and disrespectful" and "part of what's wrong with the narrative in this country". Jaclyn Corin, the school's 11th-grade class president, wrote on Twitter: "We are KIDS — not actors. We are KIDS that have grown up in Parkland all of our lives. We are KIDS who feared for our lives while someone shot up our school. We are KIDS working to prevent this from happening again. WE ARE KIDS." Republican Senator Marco Rubio condemned the conspiracy theorists, tweeting: "Claiming some of the students on tv after #Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency."

Florida Republican's aide fired for false suggestion shooting survivors are actors

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David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, has been the target of conspiracy videos spreading on YouTube. An aide to a Florida lawmaker was fired after falsely suggesting that student survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland were “actors”, repeating a conspiracy theory that has been used to harass victims.

From: www.yahoo.com

Florida shooting survivors taunted by right-wing commentators and conspiracy theorists

Added: 21.02.2018 7:59 | 0 views | 0 comments


Students who survived the Florida school shooting have been mocked and targeted by conspiracy theorists who claimed they were “crisis actors” only pretending to have been caught up in the violence. Conspiracy claims have spread across Facebook and Twitter in the week since 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, while commentators have cracked jokes and claimed students were being “used” by anti-Trump media. An aide to a Florida politician was sacked for suggesting two teens were merely actors pretending to be students.

From: www.yahoo.com

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'

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Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don’t appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.

From: www.yahoo.com

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