Americans have heard some emotional pleas from survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The students are calling for action and changes to our country’s gun laws.
On Thursday, the other side of the aisle - The National Rifle Association - spoke out during an annual gathering for conservatives outside of Washington, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“We will speak out louder and stronger than ever before“ said Wayne LaPierre, Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association in an impassioned speech. He called for armed guards at schools among other things.
“It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school then a bank or a jewelry store some Hollywood gala,“ LaPierre said.
Sen. Marco Rubio held a different kind of tone during a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday night. Rubio signaled he would be willing to consider raising the minimum age to purchase assault rifles, and limit the size of magazines for firearms.
“The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly I’m comfortable with,“ Rubio said.
Both surviving students and parents who lost children in the shooting were among the attendees of the town hall meeting.
Others students who weren't at the town hall met with President Trump at the White House to express their views on gun violence.
“I don’t understand why I can still go into a store and buy a weapon of war,“ said Samuel Zeif, a survivor of the shooting last week.
As far as the NRA’s position, it remains unchanged. They replayed an ad on stage at CPAC that featured Wayne LaPierre saying this: “The only thing the average American ever knows about background checks, that absolute fallacy, is that we need more. If you cast a net and the fish swim through the halls you don’t need a bigger net. You need tide or holes."