Students and parents sit down with Trump

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The deadly school shooting in Florida continues to drive the debate over gun’s.

Across the nation, and here in Iowa, students are rallying in support of gun control and better mental health oversight.

The debate over guns is intensifying in  Washington as shooting survivors and their parents take their personal stories straight to the White House, in a sit down with President Trump.

“It doesn’t make sense. Fix it. It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it,” said Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack.

President Trump listened to victims, parents and educators impacted by gun violence, a week after an AR-15 was used to killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

“I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR-15,” said Parkland student, Samuel Zeif.

“I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace. There needs to be significant change in this country,” said Parkland student, Justin Gruber.

The president asked for solutions. 

Trump, an advocated for more mental institutions, appeared open to arming teachers.

“Do people feel strongly against it, anybody? Anybody? Strongly against it? We can understand both sides…and certainly it is controversial…but we’ll study that along with many other ideas,” said President Trump.

In Tallahassee, Florida, Parkland students were face-to-face with lawmakers.

Frustrated over what many called a lack of straight answers.

“What I saw today…was discouraging,” said one student.

During a tense CNN town hall debate Wednesday night, Senator Marco Rubio shifted some of his stances on guns.

“Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?” asked one parent.

“Of course they were…if you are 18 years of age you should not be able to buy a rifle. I will support a law that takes that right away,” said Sen. Rubio.

The NRA quick to respond, opposing any law that would raise the age of purchase for rifles and shotguns.

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