Gun control rally in Tallahassee; Parkland students meet with lawmakers

Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed will call for a ban on assault-style weapons when they meet with lawmakers and hold a rally on Wednesday in Tallahassee, the state capital.

Last week’s massacre, the second deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and across the United States to demand stricter firearms controls.

“We’re here to make sure this never happens again,” Diego Pfeiffer, a senior at Douglas, told a rally that included hundreds of students from a Tallahassee high school on Tuesday after arriving at the capital.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student expelled from Douglas for disciplinary problems, is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Authorities say he was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault-style rifle he legally purchased from a licensed gun dealer last year, when he was 18.

The Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives has rebuffed a bid to bring up a bill to block sales of assault-style rifles in the state.

Florida’s legislature has taken up at least two measures during its current session intended to provide broader access to guns. (Reuters)

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<p>Protesters rally against gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Protestors rally outside the Capitol

Protesters rally against gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Protesters rally against gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Protestors rally outside the Capitol

Protesters rally against gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Activists and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
Protestors rally outside the Capitol

Activists and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

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<p>Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, leads students as they chant protest slogans outside the House of Representative chamber inside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith leads students as they chant

Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, leads students as they chant protest slogans outside the House of Representative chamber inside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>People crowd the entrance to the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott with boxes of petitions for gun control reform, after a rally on the steps of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
People crowd the entrance to the office of Gov. Rick Scott

People crowd the entrance to the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott with boxes of petitions for gun control reform, after a rally on the steps of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Protestors rally outside the Capitol urging Florida lawmakers to reform gun laws, in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Protestors rally outside the Capitol

Protestors rally outside the Capitol urging Florida lawmakers to reform gun laws, in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, both in Tallahassee, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida planned short walkouts Wednesday, the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Students protest gun violence in Tallahassee

Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, both in Tallahassee, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida planned short walkouts Wednesday, the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Isabella Pfeiffer, age 16, listens to answers from leaders of the Florida Senate about changing laws controlling assault weapons, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Isabella Pfeiffer listens to leaders of the Florida Senate

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Isabella Pfeiffer, age 16, listens to answers from leaders of the Florida Senate about changing laws controlling assault weapons, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Students chant protest slogans outside the Florida House of Representatives chamber inside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Students chant protest slogans

Students chant protest slogans outside the Florida House of Representatives chamber inside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>An activist holds up a placard during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
An activist holds up a placard

An activist holds up a placard during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Jaclyn Corin, Ryan Deitsch and Alfonso Calderon along with their classmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School listen as fellow student Lorenzo Prado speaks at a news conference recalling the day of the shooting, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) </p>
Student survivors listen as Lorenzo Prado speaks

Jaclyn Corin, Ryan Deitsch and Alfonso Calderon along with their classmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School listen as fellow student Lorenzo Prado speaks at a news conference recalling the day of the shooting, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

<p>Activists and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a rally at the Florida State Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
Activist holds up a placard

Activists and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a rally at the Florida State Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Kevin Trejos, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks at the Florida state Capitol building on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
Student survivor, Kevin Trejos, speaks

Kevin Trejos, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks at the Florida state Capitol building on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters hold up balloons spelling out the word “change” during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
Supporters hold up balloons spelling out the word “change”

Supporters hold up balloons spelling out the word “change” during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Seventeen student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lie down on the floor in silence and pray at the approximate time of the attack one week ago, inside the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Student survivors lie down inside the state capitol

Seventeen student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lie down on the floor in silence and pray at the approximate time of the attack one week ago, inside the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Lital Donner, youth director for Congregation Kol Tikvah, comforts Aria Siccone, 14, a 9th grade student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where over a dozen were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, after Aria told her story of that day to a legislator, as they challenge lawmakers in the state capitol on gun control reform, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Student survivors walk through the state Capitol

Lital Donner, youth director for Congregation Kol Tikvah, comforts Aria Siccone, 14, a 9th grade student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where over a dozen were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, after Aria told her story of that day to a legislator, as they challenge lawmakers in the state capitol on gun control reform, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Students gather on the steps of the old Florida Capitol protesting gun violence in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida planned short walkouts Wednesday, the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Students protest gun violence in Tallahassee

Students gather on the steps of the old Florida Capitol protesting gun violence in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida planned short walkouts Wednesday, the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, wearing blue t-shirts, look on from the gallery above the Florida Senate after the Senate honored the victims of last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Students look on above the Florida Senate

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, wearing blue t-shirts, look on from the gallery above the Florida Senate after the Senate honored the victims of last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>An activist holds up a placard during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) </p>
An activist holds up a placard

An activist holds up a placard during a rally at the Florida state Capitol building to address gun control on Feb. 21, 2018 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

<p>Aria Siccone, 14, a 9th grade student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, cries as she recounts her story from that day, while state Rep. Barrinton Russell, D-Dist. 95, comforts her, as they talk to legislators at the state Capitol regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Aria Siccone cries as she recounts her story

Aria Siccone, 14, a 9th grade student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, cries as she recounts her story from that day, while state Rep. Barrinton Russell, D-Dist. 95, comforts her, as they talk to legislators at the state Capitol regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Florida Rep. Kristin Jacobs talks with student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the hallway at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature after a shooting that left 17 dead at their school. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Rep. Kristin Jacobs talks with student survivors

Florida Rep. Kristin Jacobs talks with student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the hallway at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature after a shooting that left 17 dead at their school. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, walk past the house legislative committee room, to talk to legislators at the state Capitol, regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Student survivors walk through the state Capitol

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, walk past the house legislative committee room, to talk to legislators at the state Capitol, regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Sen. Bobby Powell talks with survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other students from Broward County, Fla. high schools in his office at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018.Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,, where a shooting left 17 dead, are in Tallahassee channeling their anger and sadness into action. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Sen. Bobby Powell talks with survivors

Sen. Bobby Powell talks with survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other students from Broward County, Fla. high schools in his office at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018.Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,, where a shooting left 17 dead, are in Tallahassee channeling their anger and sadness into action. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School, holds a photo of her friend Joaquin Oliver, who died during last week’s mass shooting on her campus, as she and other MSD students speak with the leadership of the Florida Senate, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Tyra Hemans holds a photo of her friend Joaquin Oliver

Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School, holds a photo of her friend Joaquin Oliver, who died during last week’s mass shooting on her campus, as she and other MSD students speak with the leadership of the Florida Senate, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Survivors from the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. The students are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature to push a ban on the assault-style rifle used to kill over a dozen people a week ago. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Survivors arrive at the Florida Capitol

Survivors from the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. The students are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature to push a ban on the assault-style rifle used to kill over a dozen people a week ago. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Florida Sen. Lauren Book wipes her eyes after a memorial slide show of the students and teachers that were killed at from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the Senate session the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature after a shooting that left over a dozen dead at their school. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP </p>
Sen. Lauren Book wipes her eyes

Florida Sen. Lauren Book wipes her eyes after a memorial slide show of the students and teachers that were killed at from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the Senate session the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2018. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature after a shooting that left over a dozen dead at their school. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP

<p>Members of the Florida Senate watch as photos of the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting are projected on the screen in their darkened chamber at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
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Members of the Florida Senate watch as photos of the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting are projected on the screen in their darkened chamber at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018. Acquarola was one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, who were in Tallahassee channeling their anger and sadness into action. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Representatives vote not to hear assault rifle ban bill

Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018. Acquarola was one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, who were in Tallahassee channeling their anger and sadness into action. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott, far center, holds a statewide roundtable on school safety at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP) </p>
Gov. Rick Scott holds a statewide roundtable

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, far center, holds a statewide roundtable on school safety at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)

<p>Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where over a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting last Wednesday, march to the state Capitol from the civic center where they slept overnight, to pressure lawmakers on gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Student survivors march to the state Capitol

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where over a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting last Wednesday, march to the state Capitol from the civic center where they slept overnight, to pressure lawmakers on gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Florence Yared, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, waits in a hallway to speak with Florida state legislators about legislation that could prevent future tragedies, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Florence Yared waits to speak with state legislators

Florence Yared, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, waits in a hallway to speak with Florida state legislators about legislation that could prevent future tragedies, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks with Florida Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton, (D-St. Petersburg), during a meeting at Leon High School after the students arrived in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Tyra Hemans speaks with Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton

Tyra Hemans, a senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks with Florida Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton, (D-St. Petersburg), during a meeting at Leon High School after the students arrived in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Tanzil Philip, 16, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, speaks to a crowd of supporters and media as they arrive at Leon High School, in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students arrived in the state’s capital to talk to legislators and rally for gun control reform. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Tanzil Philip, 16, a student survivor, speaks

Tanzil Philip, 16, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, speaks to a crowd of supporters and media as they arrive at Leon High School, in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students arrived in the state’s capital to talk to legislators and rally for gun control reform. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>One of the buses carrying students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at Leon High School, prior to their meetings the next day with Florida state legislators, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters) </p>
Students arrive in Tallahassee

One of the buses carrying students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at Leon High School, prior to their meetings the next day with Florida state legislators, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Colin Hackley/Reuters)

<p>Demitri Hoth, right, asks for feedback from Bailey Feuerman, on an open letter he is writing to legislators, as they and fellow student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ride aboard their bus between Parkland, Fla., and Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, to rally outside the state capitol and talk to legislators about gun control reform. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Demitri Hoth writes an open letter to legislators

Demitri Hoth, right, asks for feedback from Bailey Feuerman, on an open letter he is writing to legislators, as they and fellow student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ride aboard their bus between Parkland, Fla., and Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, to rally outside the state capitol and talk to legislators about gun control reform. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Julia Salomone, 18, and her sister Lindsey, 15, both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, join their classmates in a cheer as they leave Coral Springs on a bus headed to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images) </p>
On the bus

Julia Salomone, 18, and her sister Lindsey, 15, both students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, join their classmates in a cheer as they leave Coral Springs on a bus headed to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

<p>Tom Carmo, father of survivor Ethan Rocha, hugs student Joey Cordova, as students from Stoneman Douglas High School board buses in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Hugs as student board buses

Tom Carmo, father of survivor Ethan Rocha, hugs student Joey Cordova, as students from Stoneman Douglas High School board buses in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, along with survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, cheer before the students board a bus in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, to rally outside the state capitol and talk to legislators about gun control reform. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) </p>
Students cheer before boarding a bus

Students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, along with survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, cheer before the students board a bus in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, to rally outside the state capitol and talk to legislators about gun control reform. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

<p>Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student leaders Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin speak to the crowd prior to boarding buses travelling to Tallahassee, Florida to meet with legislators, in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin speak

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student leaders Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin speak to the crowd prior to boarding buses travelling to Tallahassee, Florida to meet with legislators, in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

<p>A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks to the media before boarding a bus with other students to travel to Tallahassee, Florida, to meet with legislators, in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
A student speaks to the media

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks to the media before boarding a bus with other students to travel to Tallahassee, Florida, to meet with legislators, in Coral Springs, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

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