Broward County Sheriff's office investigating other deputies' actions during school shooting

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In the week since 17 students and educators were shot dead by a crazed former student, additional remedies to help prevent another mass shooting have included law enforcement officers to be placed in schools, active shooter training for students and staff, as well as three methods now being championed by Donald Trump: raising the minimum age for buying semiautomatic rifles to 21 years old, prohibiting bump fire stocks which can make semiautomatic weapons fire rounds more rapidly and, the most controversial, proposing arming teachers.

Trump also suggested increase the minimum age to purchase certain guns, which the National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes.

At the school safety meeting on Thursday, Trump pushed back against the idea of active shooter drills in schools.

Cruz, now 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student who authorities said had a history of run-ins with the law and was expelled from school for disciplinary problems, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Whenever there's a school shooting, there's a collective attempt - however futile - to make sense of it all.

In the week since 17 of David Hogg's classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate nearly overnight and may influence the USA midterm elections. "It has the same enemies: the NRA and guns".

He added: "A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people".

But many states have been slow in furnishing mental health records to the Federal Bureau of Investigation database used in flagging prospective buyers who are supposed to be prohibited from owning a weapon.

The Heat aren't the only professional sports team in South Florida honoring the victims of last week's school shooting. It would be the first waiting period in more than three decades, and it's likely to provoke opposition from the state's sizeable and vocal population of gun owners.

After visiting the school, Galvano said he and Senate leaders decided that addressing gaps in gun and school safety laws was the top priority for the legislative session. He also said he'd explore raising the gun-purchase age, which would be a welcome step forward. "DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed". But it was coupled with a controversial measure aimed at significantly expanding permits for carrying concealed weapons.

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida's Republican Legislature called for major changes to gun laws Friday, but their proposals fell far short of what survivors of the Parkland massacre and Democrats are demanding.

He spoke as staff members were returning to Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the massacre.

The president said teachers who agree to carry a weapon would receive training and financial incentives. Following an orientation Sunday for teachers and students, classes resume Wednesday. If a one-on-one faceoff occurs, the chances of a school employee with a handgun prevailing over an AR-15-carrying shooter with Kevlar and protective headgear are slim and none.

Trump told reporters Friday that schools need some kind of "offensive" capability to deter and respond to attackers.

The school resource officer at the high school took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building that was under attack for more than four minutes, but "he never went in", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference today.

"He trained his whole life but when it came time to do something he didn't have the courage", he said.

The plainer reason is as people who were touched personally by gun violence and as young people - old enough to be informed and articulate but still children - the students make extremely sympathetic advocates, garnering attention and a respectful hearing for their views.

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