AR-15 is Easier to Buy Than a Handgun – What??

The consequences from the shooting have reverberated far beyond school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., as schools around the nation closed Friday, or cancelled activities after receiving threats. A teacher in Denver said she moved items from a closet in her classroom “to make more space for 9-year-olds to hide.”

Here are the takeaways:

• Mr. Cruz is being held without bond at the Broward County jail, where he has been placed on suicide watch, according to Gordon Weekes, the county’s chief assistant public defender. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.

• A federal law enforcement offficial on Friday said that Mr. Cruz fired more than 100 rounds during the shooting.

• Thousands of people gathered Thursday night at Pine Trails Park in Parkland for a candlelight vigil for those killed. Read more about the victims here.

In Florida, an AR-15 is easier to buy than a handgun. Read more on how the AR-15 became one of the weapons of choice for mass killers, and the research that tries to explain the high rate of mass shootings in the United States.

Florida’s governor calls on the F.B.I. director to resign.

The F.B.I.’s admission that it failed to act on a tip in January from a person close to Mr. Cruz prompted Gov. Rick Scott of Florida to call for the bureau’s director to resign.

The bureau, which was already under considerable political pressure because of its investigation into President Trump, faced calls for even more scrutiny following the massacre.

Mr. Scott said that Christopher A. Wray, the director of the F.B.I., should step down and that the bureau’s failure to act on the tip about Mr. Cruz was “unacceptable.” “Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “The F.B.I. Director needs to resign.”

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