>> Just days after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school, hundreds gathered Saturday in Fort Lauderdale to rally for stronger gun control laws. While just 40 miles away, people attended a scheduled gun show. Reuters' Katanga Johnson is at the federal courthouse where the gun control rally was held.
>> At our federal building in Broward County, student survivors of the Parkland massacre called on lawmakers to sign legislation that bans access to firearms.>> Broward County public school superintendent was one of the many people who spoke at the rally outside the federal courthouse.>> Gun laws in this country.
>> Ryan Dietsche is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the shooting happened. He was among those locked in a classroom closet as the shooter stalked the hallways.>> Anger comes to mind for the fact that all this happened, but overall, I can't be angry at law enforcement, they did their job.
I can't be angry at the school, they did their job. All we could have done is made sure that someone like that wasn't able to get that weapon.>> But over at the gun show, people said firearms shouldn't be blamed.>> I don't think it's the gun's fault.
I think a lot of agencies didn't do their job.>> This isn't the first time and unfortunately, it's not gonna be the last time.>> On Wednesday, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who was expelled, allegedly shot up the school that's located in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland.
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder. And police say he was armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle and had multiple magazines of ammunition. Cruz legally purchased the murder weapon from a licensed dealer in Coral Springs, Florida, according to authorities. The FBI has come under intense criticism after it said on Friday that it failed to act on a warning about Cruz that was called into a tip line more than a month earlier.
>> Our entire nation->> President Donald Trump and some lawmakers say mental illness prompted the Valentine's Day slaughter. But people at Saturday's rally say they want more done to make it harder to buy a gun, fueling the long-running US debate over gun control.