(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — The brother of the accused Parkland, Florida high school shooter is due back in court today. Zachary Cruz was arrested on March 19th for trespassing after Broward County Sheriff’s deputies found him skateboarding on the same campus where Nikolas Cruz is accused of murdering 17 people.
Zachary’s attorney will be seeking to reduce his bond, which was increased from the original 25-dollars to 500-thousand-dollars. If convicted of trespassing, Cruz faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of 500-dollars.
Meanwhile Nikolas, reportedly, is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures. Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people
(Washington, DC) – The NRA opposes raising the minimum age for buying rifles, including AR-15 style assault weapons, despite what the Trump says. A statement from the gun rights group said it wouldn’t deprive 18-20 year olds of their constitutional right to own firearms.
Trump suggested that the NRA would support calls to raise the minimum age for purchasing long guns, from 18-21. In a White House meeting, Trump said the NRA is “ready to do things.”
(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida state House is rejecting a measure to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The bill had not been heard in a committee and would’ve required a two-thirds majority vote to go directly to the House floor.The measure would’ve banned the sale and possession of guns like the AR-15 that was used in last week’s high school shooting, in which 17 people were killed.
Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland were in the gallery as the motion to move the bill forward was voted down.
In the past 4 months over a hundred people have been killed in the United States with AR-15s:
- Oct. 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, used a stockpile of guns including an AR-15 to kill 58 people and injure hundreds at a music festival in Las Vegas before he killed himself.
- Nov. 5, 2017: Devin Kelley, 26, used an AR-15 style Ruger rifle to kill 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before he was killed.
- Feb. 14, 2018: Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15-style rifle to kill at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.