-- In interviews and tweets during and after the shooting at a high school in Florida on Wednesday students and teachers that experienced the horrible event firsthand called on Congress to enact stricter gun control laws to prevent it from happening again.
The superintendent of the school district Robert Runcie said in a press conference Thursday "our students are asking for that conversation and I hope we can get it done in this generation but if we don't, they will."
A senior at the school, David Hogg, said people should not get normalize mass shooting incidents like this because it will only happen again.
Hogg said that none of his friends were hurt in the shooting but that two of his sister's best friends, who is a freshman at the school, were shot and killed. He works as a student reporter and interviewed some of his classmates while they were hiding in a classroom during the shooting, according to video obtained by verification site Storyful.
"It's definitely eye opening to the fact that we need more gun control in our country because for this to happen and for people to be so neutralized to it, I even texted my sisters "shooting at my school. I am safe." They both responded with "OMG. LOL, you're funny" Now that's a problem in society and its a bigger problem in America and it needs to be fixed and I think the most definite way to fix it is by changing our laws when it comes to gun ownership," she said in the video. Her name was unclear in the audio.
On Twitter another student, Sarah Chadwick, called for action in response to President Trump's tweet offering prayers and saying "No child, teacher or anyone should ever feel unsafe in an American school." She tweeted "my friends and teachers were shot. Multiple of my classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won't fix this. But Gun Control will prevent it from happening again."
Her tweet received hundreds of thousands of retweets but has since been deleted. In another tweet Thursday afternoon she apologized for profane language in the original tweet but said she does not apologize for being angry.
"I hope you know I’m a grieving 16 year old girl who lost friends, teachers, and peers yesterday. I was and am still angry. I am apologizing for my comment but not for my anger," she said in the tweet.
Gun control legislation proposed in the wake of other mass shootings, most recently a bill that would restrict the kind of bump stocks used in the Las Vegas shooting, have not moved forward in Congress.
A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said on MSNBC that the students and teachers were well prepared for an active shooter situation but that still didn't prevent 17 people from being shot and killed.
In previous mass shootings activists or lawmakers seeking more strict gun control policies have criticized other elected officials for saying that the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting was not the appropriate time to talk about gun policies.