Thursday, 22 February 2018

Heart-breaking yet inspiring meetings related to very tragic Florida, USA school mass shooting

Heart-breaking yet inspiring CNN town hall! The community of school students, parents, teachers, law enforcement, elected political leaders and others of the recent tragic Florida, USA school shooting incident speak poignantly about what happened, demand answers from lawmakers about how they will prevent something like this from happening again: CNN town hall in wake of Parkland school shooting, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaLh74eXTDo, around 1 hr. 45 mins, published 21-Feb-2918.

I saw the whole video and found it to be a humbling and sad experience but at the same time I felt it to be inspiring to see how the community is celebrating the lives of those who were lost, and then fighting for change to prevent recurrence of such events.

Tough questions were asked and the lawmakers, NRA representative and the sheriff seemed to honestly answer with their point of view. A very educative experience about the assault weapons control issue that rages in the USA, whenever a mass shooting done with such assault weapons dominates the news cycle, but this time with teenage students supported by elders dominating the questioning and the call for action.
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President Trump Holds a Listening Session with High School Students and Teachers, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKblXAikzEc, 1 hr. 10 mins, published 21-Feb-2018. Good to see that the USA White House had this public 'listening' session with President Trump, Vice-President Pence and Education Secretary DeVos listening to suggestions from the survivors of school shootings, parents of those who lost their loved ones in such shootings, and those who are working to protect schools in the USA.
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Given below are text contents of USA President Donald J. Trump's Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/10160629442455725, dated 22nd Feb. 2018 :

I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!

Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!

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I put up the following comment on that post:
Seems like some good steps in the right direction but I don't know for sure as I don't live in the USA now (have lived in the USA for a short time, around three decades ago). As an Indian citizen who lives in India and who is a well wisher of the USA, I wish USA lawmakers from all parties (Republican, Democratic, Independent etc.) all the best in their efforts to prevent recurrence, or at least greatly reduce occurrence, of such gut-wrenching and heart-breaking school mass shooting tragedies. My prayers to God to bless their efforts with success.
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