On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student of the school who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. He opened fire on students and staff with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people and wounding 17 others.
The shooting sparked national debate on gun control and school safety.
On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 people and wounded 17 others. This tragic event has reignited the gun control debate in America.
There are those who believe that stricter gun laws would have prevented this tragedy. They point to countries like Australia where a mass shooting in 1996 led to strict gun control measures being enacted. These measures included a ban on certain types of firearms and a mandatory buyback program of these weapons.
As a result, there has not been a mass shooting in Australia since 1996. Others believe that stricter gun laws would not have prevented this tragedy. They point to the fact that Cruz passed a background check when he purchased his firearms.
In addition, they argue that even if Cruz had not been able to purchase his firearms legally, he could have obtained them through illegal means. Regardless of where you stand on the gun control debate, there is no denying that the Parkland shooting was a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time.
Parkland Shooter Sentence
The Parkland shooter was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.
The 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, had pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the February 2018 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Judge Elizabeth Scherer handed down the maximum sentence possible after hearing emotional testimony from survivors and victims’ families.
“Incarceration is not enough for someone who killed so many people,” said Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the shooting. “He should be put to death.” Cruz’s attorneys had asked for a lenient sentence of no more than 40 years in prison, arguing that he was mentally ill and did not fully understand his actions on the day of the shooting.
But prosecutors insisted that he be given a life sentence, saying he knew exactly what he was doing when he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle inside the school. “This defendant turned one of our safe havens into a killing field,” said prosecutor Shari Tate during sentencing.
Who is the Parkland Shooter Judge?
The parkland shooter judge is Judge Elizabeth Scherer. She was appointed to the bench by Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2016.
How Many Years Did Cruz Get?
In May 2016, Texas teenager Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for killing four people while driving drunk. The light sentence sparked outrage, with many wondering how a rich kid who had killed four people could get away with only 10 years’ probation.
Now, it looks like Couch may be headed back to jail.
In December 2016, a video surfaced online that appeared to show Couch violating his probation by drinking at a party. If he is found to have violated his probation, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. So far, there has been no confirmation that the person in the video is indeed Couch.
But if it is him, it raises serious questions about our justice system and whether or not wealthy defendants are treated differently than those who are less well-off.
New video and details emerge from Parkland shooting
The Parkland shooter was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On February 14, 2018, he shot and killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.