Piers Morgan shooting

Piers Morgan has called for a change to gun laws in the US following the high school shooting

At least 17 people have died and dozens more are injured after a man, wearing a gas mask, opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shortly after 2pm local time (7pm GMT) just as students were preparing to leave for the day.

There have been a total of 18 school shootings in the US so far in 2018.

Piers Morgan, who passionately campaigned for a change in gun laws when he presented a late-night show on CNN in America between 2011 and 2014, has now once again called for a review.

He first pushed for law changes in 2012 when 20 children between the ages of six and seven were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a lone shooter.

Speaking on Twitter Mr Morgan said: “After Sandy Hook, I called for America to ban AR-15s & high-capacity bullet magazines.

“NRA [National Rifle Association] gun nuts ensured nothing was done.

“Today, another deranged kid used an AR-15 and high-capacity magazines to annihilate at least 17 more people in a school.”

The local sheriff has said the suspect in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, named as former student Nikolas Cruz, was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Piers Morgan is not the only one who has publicly spoken out about the need for gun reform following the most recent attack.

Twitter user Kaivan Shroff‏ said: “There have only been 31 school days in 2018.

“Today’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, is the 18th school shooting in America this year.

18 school shootings

There have been a total of 18 school shootings in the US so far in 2018

“That means, on any given school day, there is a 3 in 5 chance a school shooting will take place.

“This has to stop.”

It has been reported three of the eight deadliest mass shootings in US modern history have happened in the last five months.

Reporter David Willis added that there is not enough political will to reform US gun laws despite “at least 283 school shootings across the US since January 2013”.

However, some people have reacted angrily to the immediate call for changes to the law and have accused campaigners of trying to “politicise” the tragedy.

In response to Mr Morgan’s tweets calling for change Robin Bellocchio‏ replied:

“It’s a horrific day in America, stop politicising it for gun control.

“I own 4, my guns never killed anything but a target at the range.”

The right to own a gun is enshrined in the US Constitution under the 2nd Amendment and has long been a contentious issue in the country.

Some people have called for guns to be banned, others have argued for a reduction in the type of guns US citizens can legally own, while others have argued for more background checks before someone is allowed to purchase a weapon.

Florida Shooting

The suspect was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle

In defence of the Second Amendment, another person argued the shooter rather than the weapon is to be blamed.

Land Guy said: “We don’t want gun control.

“We want better personnel in schools, not people with a secure state job.

“This was preventable, this kid was known to be dangerous.”

The National Rifle Association are yet to give an official statement in response to the Florida shooting.

Yesterday morning they retweeted a message on Twitter encouraging people to buy guns for their loved ones for Valentines Day.

They have since deleted the tweet.

The suspect in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is now in police custody, according to a spokesman for the Broward County Sheriff, following a dramatic showdown around a mile away from the school.

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