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A Stoneman Douglas student waits to board buses to Tallahassee Fla. heading to the Florida Capitol to advocate for gun control on Tuesday

A school district in Waukesha, Wisconsin, sent a letter to parents telling them that the school district is not involved in a walkout that is scheduled for March 14 and that teachers and students would not be excused if they participate.

Several dozen more students gathered outside Fort Lauderdale High School, holding signs with messages that included "our blood is on your hands".

The group of five teenagers said they have been visiting offices at the Capitol hoping to speak with political leaders and representatives.

A survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., said Tuesday that he and others are not calling for any guns to be banned.

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 teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the United States to demand legislative action. "Kids were saying things like "We do have a voice, ' 'Things have to change" and 'You can't stop us from walking off to prove that we care, ' " Little said in an email. The students from the Parkland shooting stayed in the Tallahassee Civic Center Tuesday before marching to the statehouse Wednesday afternoon. They also carried posters proclaiming "protect us", "enough is enough", and "fear has no place in our schools".

"We're not backing down", Dwyer said.

Sheryl Acquarola, 16, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, became overcome with emotion while watching from the gallery.

"I ask that we keep this bill in the conversation about the solution to combat mass shootings alive", McGhee said.

Authorities have accused Nikolas Cruz, 19, of returning to the school from which he had been expelled and opening fire with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle. "We're not being protected anymore".

"The only goal of an assault weapon like this is to kill and to kill as many people as possible", she said.

Republican lawmakers, who have voted to ease gun regulations and laws in the 20 years they've been in control of the Legislature, are tentatively moving toward some restrictions on gun purchases in response to the tragedy.

"We acknowledge that individuals have a right to demonstrate to support a cause".

In an internet post last week, King vowed that, if elected governor, he would take on the National Rifle Association, and push to ban assault weapons.

One lawmaker who was listening to the students was Sen.

Instead, Scott said he is interested in making it harder for people who are temporarily committed to obtain a gun. Because change might not come today, it might not come tomorrow, it might not even come March 24 when we march for our lives down in Washington, but it's going to happen. Central Florida lawmakers who voted for the bill include Smith; Jose Cortes, D-Kissimmee; Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee; and Amy Mercado, D-Orlando.

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