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However, in a speech to reassure the nation, the president made no specific reference to guns or gun laws after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas is the third deadliest school shooting in USA history and marks the 18th gun-related shooting incident on campus in 2018.

An FBI official on Thursday confirmed the bureau received a tip months before the Florida high school massacre about a disturbing YouTube comment by a user named "Nikolas Cruz": "I'm going to be a professional school shooter".

Trump pledged federal help to the Florida community reeling from the slayings, and said he would travel to Parkland to coordinate the federal response and meet with families. He urged Americans to answer "hate with love" and "cruelty with kindness".

Richard Martinez, who lost his son in the Isla Vista killings, says he does not accept Congress' inaction on passing gun control measures.

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Jereb told ADL that Republic of Florida had not ordered or supported Cruz's attack on his old high school. The most jarring of those took place in 2012, when 20 young children and six adults were slain at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. This shooting, like the others in the past, has raised questions on the issue of gun control in the US.

However, a therapist from Henderson Mental Health, also at the home, deemed that Nikolas Cruz "no threat to anyone or himself at this present time" and everybody "left without incident", Buzzfeed reports.

Trump and Republican lawmakers have repeatedly pushed back against calls to tighten gun laws after previous mass shootings. Eighth grader Ava DiGilio, who could hear the shots from her middle school classroom, agreed with Fred's sentiment that a mass murder like this one could have happened to any US community.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against swift action on gun rules. "So I agree, this is a mental illness issue", Kimmel continued, "because if you don't think we need to do something about it, you're obviously mentally ill".

In an address delivered from the White House, Trump said he plans to visit families in Parkland and work with "state and local leaders" to "tackle the hard issue of mental health". "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

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