A survivor of the Florida school massacre begged Donald Trump to ban the sale of assault weapons, saying: ‘I don’t understand why I can walk into a store and buy a weapon of war.’
Samuel Zeif made the emotional plea during a questioning and listening session at the White House Wednesday, saying: ‘I lost a best friend…practically a brother.
How did we not stop this after Columbine…after Sandy Hook?’
Samuel, who turned 18 the day after the massacre continued: ‘How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon…I am sitting here with a mother who lost her son. It is still happening.
‘I want to feel safe at school.’
Samuel told the session how last week’s shooting that killed 17 had left him and his friends so traumatized that they feel anxious every time a car drives past them.’
Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre echoed his words shortly after, saying: ‘You have the ability (to change things).
‘Don’t waste it.’
Among suggestions tabled to Trump were background checks and banning bump stocks, which he has proposed.
Others called for a sale on military-type assault rifles, or even to secretly arm school staff members so they can contain a shooting until emergency responders arrived.
Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 14 students and three school workers at the school in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 assault rifle.
Broward County Sheriff’s office say he has admitted the killing, and he has since been charged with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.