Governor Signs 'Historic' Gun Bill After Parkland

Meanwhile, Parkland 911 calls were released
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 9, 2018 1:29 PM CST
911 Calls From Parkland Released: '3 Shot in Her Room. Oh, My God'
Meghan Petty is comforted by her father, Ryan Petty, on Thursday during a press conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City to discuss a bill that designates April as a month of kindness for the state of Utah and honors the lives of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Among the newly released recordings of 911 calls from the Parkland school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl can be heard telling a dispatcher that their daughter is texting from a classroom where the door's glass was shot out. "Three shot in her room. Oh, my God. Oh, my God," the mother says, raising her voice, per the AP. The 12 minutes of radio transmissions released by the Broward County Sheriff's Office highlight the chaos at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (CNN has samples.) The material includes 10 of the 81 recordings of calls by students and parents. The excerpts show a deputy on school grounds first thought the loud bangs were firecrackers, then realized they were gunshots—yet he never ran toward them. Other responding officers desperately tried to sort through a chaotic scene, treat the injured, lock down the school, and locate the shooter.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill narrowly passed by Florida's House and Senate, the Washington Post reports. It falls short of what he wanted and what survivors of the massacre demanded; both teachers' unions and the NRA are opposed. But the families of some of the 17 students and staffers who died signed a letter urging Scott to "quickly sign this historic legislation into law," noting "today's vote is just the beginning of our journey." The measure raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns, and bans bump stocks. As for schools, it creates a program enabling certain school staffers to carry concealed handguns, creates new mental health programs for schools, and sets up an anonymous tip line for threats to be reported. "I think this is the beginning," Scott said after signing the bill.

(More Parkland school shooting stories.)

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