"In the morning sometimes things get so insane, she runs out behind and she's like, 'I got to go, Dad, bye.' And I don't always get to say, 'I love you, '" Guttenberg said at the vigil. He added that the young victims were in "really great shape" considering what they have been through. "But the job the doctors did, the nurses, the hospital, first responders, law enforcement (was) really incredible".
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While the details of the tragic day unfold many are left asking how did we as a nation let this happen and what are we going to do about gun violence in America's schools.
In the piece, Boston Globe columnist Nestor Ramos highlighted overlapping factors in gun massacres in the past few years, including those at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Parkland high school and Las Vegas. "It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make that difference", the President said before leaving the room. "It's a dream. It hasn't hit me yet".
Trump's approach stood in sharp contrast to his predecessor's reaction to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, five years ago. In the wake of a mass shooting at a SC church, Obama led thousands in singing "Amazing Grace".
Trump and Republican lawmakers have repeatedly pushed back against calls to tighten gun laws after previous mass shootings.
"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior".
At one point during the vigil, some in the crowd began shouting, 'No more guns!
Florida school shooting revives debate over gun laws
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was among the dead. She invoked the President's 11-year-old son, Barron, as she angrily called for help.
Four months into his presidency, Trump became the first sitting president to address the NRA convention in more than 30 years, telling delegates "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end".
To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
"This is not fair to our families that our children go to school and have to get killed". Do something. Action. We need it now.
The president addressed the nation hours after the shooting, calling out the need to tackle mental illness, while mentioning nothing about gun control or reform. It's not uncommon for gun maker shares to rise following a mass shooting as people are likely to stock up fearing potential gun control measures.
Van Cleve argues that it's not just to take away a citizen's right to protect themselves, with some 80 million law-abiding gun owners in the country.
Trump's visit to the Parkland area - not far from his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he was spending the long President's Day weekend - was not announced in advance, perhaps because he risked being greeted with angry demands for action on laws that allowed Cruz to amass an arsenal.
The Trumps have been joined by Florida Gov. A spokesperson said the change was due to scheduling.
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