On Feb. 14, Florida witnessed a tragic day when just before 3 p.m. Eastern Time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a school shooter opened fire. This incident led to the killing of over a dozen people.
Although the suspected shooter has now been handed over to the police for proper investigation and punishment, this tragedy highlights a much deeper issue -- gun violence. A lot of people have taken to their social media accounts to denounce the shooting and call in for better gun protection and control laws.
Fashion mogul Kim Kardashian also took to her Twitter, only hours of the incident, and called for a gun control reform.
On Wednesday evening, the reality television star posted a message on her Twitter which has made a huge impact among her fans and the media. She begged for Congress to impose legislation that would "protect Americans from senseless gun violence."
She further added that it takes action and not just prayers to incite gun control. Her tweet had garnered over 100,000 retweets in only two and a half hours.
"We owe it to our children and our teachers to keep them safe while at school. Prayers won't do this: action will. Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence."
She posted this only an hour after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s office had confirmed 17 fatalities through a Twitter post. And, according to CNN, the investigators are leaning toward the belief that the shooter triggered the fire alarm in order for the people to come out of the classrooms. Most of them, however, reportedly quickly figured out it was a fake since there had been an official fire drill earlier that day.
The school posted a message on their Twitter account just after 3:30 p.m. to announce that the students and staff members at the high school had heard gunfire, and the students were now being dismissed.
The tweet read, "'Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site."
Footage has also been released from the incident which shows the students running away from the school while SWAT team members took their positions nearby.
CNN also said that the suspect is a former student of the school and had been earlier expelled due to "unspecified disciplinary reasons."
According to gun safety advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, this was the 18th shooting which had occurred in a U.S. school in the year 2018.
Micheaql Skolnik wrote: "One shoe bomber tried to blow up a plane and now we are forced to take off our shoes.
1606 mass shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School and Congress has done NOTHING."
Earlier this morning, the National Rifle Association re-tweeted a post from a gun manufacturer, encouraging people to buy their loved ones guns for #ValentinesDay
Since the school shooting in Florida, the NRA deleted that tweet and has gone silent.