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Florida shooting: US airlines join other firms in dropping NRA

Two major US airlines have joined a growing list of companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association following the Florida school shooting. United and Delta airlines have both announced they are ending discounts for NRA members. The killing of 17 people in Florida has revived the gun control debate in the US, with student survivors playing a leading role in calling for change. Firms with links to the US gun lobby have faced calls for a boycott. Activists have flooded the NRA’s corporate partners with comments on social…

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Florida shooting: NRA-linked firms hit by consumer boycott

More than half a dozen US companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) as consumers urge a boycott of businesses linked to the politically powerful gun lobby. The firms included car rental giants Hertz and Enterprise, which offered discounts for NRA members. The moves follow NRA leader Wayne LaPierre’s speech defending gun rights. They were the NRA’s first public comments since a deadly school shooting in Florida. Mr LaPierre said “opportunists” were using the 14 February tragedy, in which 17 people were killed, to expand gun control…

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Florida school shooting: Armed officer 'did not confront killer'

An armed officer who was at the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says. The school resource officer has resigned after being suspended, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said. Earlier this week President Trump said arming school teachers could prevent school shootings. The proposal has long been championed by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby. On…

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Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls

Media playback is unsupported on your device Survivors of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead have travelled to the state capital to press lawmakers to take more action on gun control. About 100 students arrived in Tallahassee hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack. They are due to stage a rally at the statehouse later and meet legislators. It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the…

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Florida school shooting: Students to march on Washington

Media playback is unsupported on your device Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have announced a national march on Washington to demand political action on gun control. Students organisers told US media that they are determined to make Wednesday’s shooting a turning point in the national gun debate. The attack, which left 17 students and staff members dead, was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. Yesterday protestors chanted “shame on you” to US lawmakers and the president. Mr Trump last year he would “never” infringe on the…

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Florida school shooting: Trump links FBI's missteps to Russia investigation

President Donald Trump has rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. The agency was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign”, Mr Trump tweeted. “There is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud.” The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a tip-off about suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the shooting at a high school in Parkland in which 17 people died. It was the deadliest US school shooting since…

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