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Parkland's legacy: Timing and tenacity as Florida lawmakers moved to the middle on guns for the first time in decades.

Parkland parentsJared Moskowitz seethed in anger as he met with the families of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the evening of Feb. 14 as they waited in agony for police to tell them if their child was one of those murdered at school.

“My colleagues will do nothing,” he predicted, a jaded and discouraged response informed by the Republican-led Legislature’s lack of action after the 49 murders at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub 19 months earlier.

But Parkland, the town where Moskowitz grew up, attended the very same high school and was elected as state representative along with his fiery left-leaning assertiveness, proved him wrong. Read how Parkland's grieving students and parents changed Florida law.

Photo: Left to right: Marjory Stoneman Douglas parents Andrew Pollack, Gena Hoyer, Tony Montalto and Ryan Petty meet with reporters after the bill signing at the Capitol, Friday, March 9, 2018. Tony Montalto read a statement on behalf of the parents.

Scott Keeler Tampa Bay Times

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