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Stefanie Hartman of Coconut Creek Florida holds a sign during the March for Action on Gun Violence in Broward County in Fort Lauderdale

In his tweet, Hodges writes "In retrospect, Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate". I have been watching and reading all about this - about how our kids have started a revolution against guns - but you are only looking at a few from Florida.

But prospects for a tough crackdown are low.

The NRA is, by most accounts, the most powerful lobbying group in Washington.

Our police officers are out-gunned.

After Delta, headquartered at "the world's busiest" Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said it would stop offering discounted fares to NRA members, Cagle, a GOP gubernatorial candidate, vowed to kill state legislation created to provide a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel, of which Delta would be the primary beneficiary.

Yet that would only affect sales by licensed gun dealers. Much stronger and more accurate background checks should be established, since 22 percent of all guns are sold without such checks. Rather, gun enthusiasts showed up in droves at a gun show in Tampa, Fla., just 10 days after the tragedy. Please President Trump, don't let us down now. "The guns have changed but our laws have not". The second word, rifle, means that this group deals with weapons. Is this a "tipping point" (dubbed #NeverAgain), where our society begins to meaningfully deal with gun violence - or merely another cry among so many others again unheeded?

Gun rights advocates are adamantly opposed. I hope that can be a lesson for the Congress that Republicans need to finally allow Congress to pass these commonsense measures.

Here's a roundup of who has taken action.

The company said it doesn't sell hand guns except in Alaska and will continue to do so there. We can still buy guns at Walmart and at Dick's, so long as we're 21 or older. Some states set their own limits that are slightly tighter than federal laws. And due to recent support from the White House, I'm compelled to consider two of the above in the same breath: teachers and gun ownership. The left rails against guns and the right blames mental health. Now, policy makers are debating the value of guns in high school, but there's no reason such a policy discussion couldn't eventually extend to colleges. But attention must also be paid to the more contentious front end of the problem, which is easy access to guns, especially the assault-style firearms often used in mass shootings.

But teachers and many communities largely reject this approach, and Congress is unlikely to legislate it. Patricia Brigham, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, stated that students are the future of the gun-violence prevention movement: "They are future voters and they just lost their classmates, their friends and mentors in a slaughter with a shooter using an AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapon". Who will stop them from coming to the US to take over? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he has no intention of bringing a gun bill to the floor next week.

The world's largest retailer said it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. Walmart took that step in 2015. Kentucky and Tennessee were the only standouts where "gun shops" continued to dominate. In the 20 years since passage there have been no mass shootings in Australia.

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