To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: "We THANK YOU for your courage!" "I would have said without me, they never would have found him".
The FBI, the top U.S. law enforcement agency, admitted it had received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents had failed to follow up.
When you pull the trigger once, one bullet comes out. Fellow student Patrick Xia added, "Annual screen for people who own guns because once you buy a gun there's no follow up or anything", And another student, Nicole Ferreira, said, "I hear like, oh I'm sorry, my condolences, but I don't see any action".
The vice president says, "then as now, our hearts were broken". It is unlawful to sell a firearm to a person who "has been adjudicated as a mental defective" or "has been committed to any mental institution".
The president had tweeted earlier that he would meet with people "whose lives have been totally shattered".
"Imagine if my kids went to school and never came back, very hard", Bernstein said.
Kurth is a pro-gun voter who picked Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but she said: "Please stop making it a mental illness issue and acknowledge the fact that it is both a gun and mental illness issue".
President Donald Trump says he's heading to Florida, where a community is in mourning after a shooting at a high school killed 17 people.
"We want more gun safety", said 18-year-old Kevin Trejos, a senior at the school.
Coastal Bend schools are taking action to make sure their students are safe following the deadliest school shooting in five years. We need security now for all these children. Among them was a large book with a wooden cover from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, full of poems, notes and drawings, university archivist Tamara Kennelly said. He also wrote he was "working with Congress on many fronts" but did not provide details, nor even specify if he was referring to gun control.
Cloudy and warm as cold front arrives on Thursday
North of the front highs Saturday will be in the 50s, to the south we will see mid to upper 60s and some lowers 70s. But late afternoon and evening, areas of some heavier downpours and some rumbles of thunder will arrive.
Once she locked the door, Kurth said she felt like a sitting duck.
Among the dead: assistant football coach Aaron Feis, slain while shielding students from bullets; Joaquin Oliver, a student known for his unique look and who once dyed his hair bleach-blonde with tiger stripes; Alyssa Alhadeff, an avid soccer player and student; and 35-year-old geography teacher Scott Beigel, who helped students enter a locked classroom, only to be shot himself. "These kids need safety now!"
Kimmel called on Trump to "force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets from the NRA to do something, now".
In Parkland, Florida investigators say the 19-year-old shooter legally bought the AR-15 he used Wednesday.
Republicans are also, these journalists will tell you, too afraid of the NRA to stand up to them.
More than 1,000 people had attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night near the school, and at one point some began chanting, "No more guns!" While no one measure will solve this problem, inaction has become more than unacceptable - it's criminal.
"Some held flowers. Others held signs asking for action, including gun control, against school violence".
"A school should not need a gun. No guns under 21", read one sign. His lawyer called him a "broken human being" and Executive Chief Public Defender Gordon Weeks said he was under a suicide watch.
In the videos below, New York Times reporters discuss the AR-15, and ABC News reporter Pierre Thomas explains how the infamous Columbine massacre inspired a generation of copycat shooters.