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14 February 2018: When a tragedy struck Florida

Thousands of mourners hold candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the Florida high school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured.

Thousands of mourners hold candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the Florida high school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured.  

A 19-year-old gunman opened fire at his former school in Florida on Wednesday, killing 17 people, making it America's deadliest school shooting since 2012. The massacre put the spotlight on America's lax gun control laws. According to NYT, since the Sandy Hook Elementary School killing in 2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide, with the toll pegged at 138. What has angered Florida residents is an admission from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it had failed to act on a warning that Nikolas Cruz possessed a gun, had the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting.

A person described as someone close to the accused gunman called an FBI tip line on January 5, weeks before the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to report concerns about him. Pictures show thousands of mourners during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting. Outside a sign read: “Kids don’t need guns. No guns under 21.”

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