By Azania Post Reporter
Students who survived a fatal shooting in the state of Florida, the United States that left 17 people dead have traveled to the state capital to press lawmakers to take a more stringent action on gun control.
It was hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack when about 100 students arrived in Tallahassee.
They are due to stage a rally at the Statehouse later and meet legislators.
It is the first time that an organized protest by the youth anti-gun movement which has swept the country since the attack.
Facing a mounting pressure on his administration to act, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed a move to ban devices that can enable rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds at a minute.
It was this device that was used by a gunman in Las Vegas last year to kill 58 people in a concert.
It is the first organized protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack.
What is the #NeverAgain movement?
It was born out of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland one week ago, the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.
For the first time, articulate student survivors of the attack have broken into the much-debated topic of gun violence and gun controls, says the BBC's Barbara Plett in Tallahassee.
Wednesday's demonstration is their first organized protest aimed at putting pressure on legislators to ban assault-style rifles, similar to the semi-automatic AR-15 model used by the gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
Over the weekend, Trump said he was supportive of a bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the checks in place before someone can buy a gun.
Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!
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That legislation intends to patch holes in the FBI's background check system, which processed more than 25 million gun ownership applications last year.
Failures in that database were exposed by the Florida shooting, committed by a man with a history of mental health issues.