Trump meets students and teachers after school massacre

One week after the massacre at a Florida school with 17 dead, US President Donald Trump wants to meet with students and teachers. His spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that people from Parkland would take part in the interview.

In downtown Florida, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed fourteen students and three adults at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday with a semi-automatic weapon.

The White House did not specify who would take part in the round of talks called “Listening Session”. Also frame and length remained open. Sanders said those affected by the school massacres of Columbine and Newtown would also come to the White House.

In Columbine, in 1999, two perpetrators killed 12 high school students, one teacher and killed themselves. In Newtown, a man shot his mother first in 2012, and then 20 children, six employees, and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After the massacre of Parkland, the debate about a tightening of arms law in the USA rekindled. There were protests. Under this public pressure, Trump called on the Ministry of Justice to ban specific weapons devices. With them, semi-automatic weapons can shoot as fast as machine guns.

One such “bump stick” called plastic attachment had used in October 2017, the assassin of Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and himself.

The Ministry of Justice had pointed out in the past, however, that it would recommend the prohibition of such arms conversions, but could not enforce itself. This is the task of the legislator.

The US Congress had briefly dealt with the ban on “bump stocks” after the Las Vegas massacre. Then it was forgotten. Nothing has happened since then.