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Florida school shooting prompts gun-control rallies

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Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage happened.

Teens spoke passionately during Saturday’s rally in front of the federal courthouse, pleading with lawmakers to change the nation’s gun laws.

One student, Emma Gonzalez, angrily criticized politicians who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. She challenged them to stop taking money, leading the crowd in a call-and-response chant.

“They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun,” she said, and the crowd chanted, “We call BS.” (AP)



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Alessandra Mondolfi holds a sign against AR-15 weapons as she yells, “No More” during a protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez reacts during her speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Alessandra Mondolfi wears a necklace that reads “GUN CONTROL” during a protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)


A protester holds a defaced placard at a rally calling for more gun control three days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


A protester wears an earring adorned with a message at a rally for gun control three days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


A protester holds a sign calling for a reform of gun laws in front of a flag flying at half mast in honor of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Marylene Dinliana, 18, holds a sign that reads, “Stop Spilling Our Blood” during a protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)


Protesters hold signs calling for more gun controls at a rally three days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Protesters hold signs at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)


Angelina Lazo (L), an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who said that she lost two friends in the shooting at her school two days ago, reacts to honks of support from passing motorists as she and her mother, Linda Lazo (R), join other gun control proponents with placards at a street corner in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Maria Rodriguez, Colombian, who said that her son was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the mass shooting, mourns while she holds a placard next to others during a protest in support of the gun control in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)


Juliana Cruz, of Parkland, Fla., stands on a street corner holding up an anti gun sign in Parkland, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)


People holding placards take part in a protest in support of the gun control in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)


Cathy Kuhns, a teacher, stands on a street corner holding up anti gun signs in Parkland, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)


A man with a sign is seen after the news conference in the hallway outside the courtroom where Nikolas Cruz appeared via video at a bond court hearing after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo: Charles Trainor, jr./Pool/Reuters)


People holding placards take part in a protest in support of the gun control at a street corner in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)