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United States - Students protest before White House to request arms control

Trump has taken a small step by giving his support to a bill to create a database in order that people with backgrounds can not buy weapons.


Dozens of people, mostly students of schools in the Washington metropolitan area , demonstrated before the White House to demand greater control of arms after the shooting that left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

In several three-minute shifts, different groups of students lay down on Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House, to symbolize the short time it took the author of the Florida shooting, Nikolas Cruz , to buy the semiautomatic rifle with which He perpetrated the killing.

"We want to send a message to politicians, tell them that they have to do something about this, which is their responsibility, because they give voice to the people and we are the people," said one of the organizers of the protest, Eleanor Nuechterlein, at the local television station WUSA9.

After the Florida shooting last Wednesday, Nuechterlein and a fellow student from the penultimate course of a Washington institute, Whitney Bowen, created a Facebook group called "Adolescents in favor of a weapons reform", and began to plan the demonstration .

Trump was not at that moment in the White House, but was spending the weekend and yesterday, which was festive, in his private club of Mar-a-Lago.

The president gave, however, a small step toward a possible reinforcement of arms control in the United States, by backing a bill that would try to improve the effectiveness of a national database on criminal records, to prevent the people there including can buy weapons.

The students who organized the protest plan to attend a demonstration planned for March 24 in Washington and organized by students of the school affected by the shooting in Florida, in order to request greater control of weapons.


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