Protesters call for stricter gun laws in wake of Florida school shooting

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Survivors of the Parkland school shooting gathered with other protesters Saturday to call for increased gun control. (WLS)

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida sparked a call for stricter gun laws as surviving students rallied with other protesters on Saturday.

The crowd chanted "enough, enough," and "shame on you" as they called upon the Florida legislature to push for increased firearm safety.

"It's not about thoughts and prayers anymore, it's about changing laws," said student Emma Gonzalez.

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old shooter entered the Parkland high school fired at least 150 rounds, killing 17 people.

"The fact that you are all out here today shows that this is a turning point in American history," student David Hogg told the crowd.

Frustration also mounted over the FBI's failure to follow up on a credible tip in January, when a person close to the shooter reported his erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

Some victims of the shooting, like Anthony Borges, remain in the hospital. Borges barricaded a classroom door with his body during the shooting.

Borges was shot multiple times but is expected to survive.

Protesters also questioned the easy access to lethal weapons like the AR-15 used in this incident.

"We spent yesterday at the funeral of an 18-year-old girl whose life, like so many, was cut short when one person who had no business with an assault rifle was able to walk in and buy an AR-15 and use it for death and destruction," said Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley. "That's not okay."
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