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After shooting, Florida governor calls for raising minimum age to buy guns

A student carries a placard while she walks with schoolmates to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a protest Tuesday to show support, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Each school will be required to have a threat assessment team.

A week after one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a comprehensive plan to keep students safe in his state, including suggestions to raise the minimum age to buy a gun, keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill and ban the sale of bump stocks.

He did not ask for any specific weapons to be banned and a couple of times mentioned that he is a member of the National Rifle Association. But she said a three-day waiting period would not have stopped the Parkland shooter; bump stocks had nothing to do with it; and raising the age limit for gun purchases would be unfair.

"I am proposing at least one law enforcement officer for every 1,000 students", Scott said of putting police in public schools. "We've got to have the resources available at the right place, at the right time", said Stacey Cook-Hawk, MSW, LCSW of SalusCare.

Scott also said the age for gun buyers in the state would be raised from 18 to 21 - a move opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby.

Maintenance staff have used power washers to clean up the scene of the attack and have fixed broken windows, but the building where the shooting occurred will remain closed, Runcie said.

- Part of that includes creating a "Violent Threat Restraining Order", which permits a court "to prohibit a violent or mentally ill person from purchasing or possessing a firearm when either a family member, community welfare expert or law enforcement officer" presents evidence to the court of a threat of firearms violence.

Hiring more mental health counselors for schools.

Police executives must assure that this is a high priority, and students, teachers, administrators and local school boards must insist on nothing less.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the plan at a news conference Friday in Tallahassee.

That failure, plus reports of a delay in security camera footage scanned by responding police and several records indicating the 19-year-old suspect displayed behavioural troubles for years added to what the Florida House speaker described as an "abject breakdown at all levels".

State Senate President Joe Negron says a joint proposal by the state legislature will take concrete steps to make schools safer in response to a mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school last week. It was the school Kingsburg high was paired to rehearse in New York City since last November. He took him to the baseball clubhouse where the student gave "tremendous descriptions" of the shooter's clothing and location. They were locked in a room with two teachers and 62 students on the opposite side of the school. "Our schools are essentially gun-free zones and that makes them very risky places", the president said.

President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure".

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel replied emphatically: "Went in".

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