Parkland candidates hope to appeal to youth

A recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate will run against a business owner for the Parkland City Commission, a race that will serve as a measure of a the generation's political power in the wake of the tragedy. Eighteen-year-old Diego Pfeiffer will be running for Parkland's District 2 seat this year against Richard Walker, owner of

2018-08-20T11:21:44+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|MSD Aftermath, News, Parkland, Politics|

More millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings [Video]

Though the majority of gun owners are still older, the organizer of the state’s largest series of gun shows said millennials are buying firearms in increasing numbers. Khaled Akkawi is the owner of Shoot Straight, a chain of stores in Florida. “Yeah, actually we do see a lot more young people coming to purchase firearms,”

Youth speak out at Coral Springs town hall with U.S. congressman

Momentum from the March For Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. and around the world led to the organization of Town Hall For Our Lives, a movement with more than 200 town halls throughout the nation where citizens continue to meet with their representative in order to discuss gun reform.  The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas hosted a town hall with Congressman Ted Deutch at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Mar.

2018-04-07T22:45:14+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Education, MSD Aftermath, News, Parkland, Politics, Public Safety|

Sights and sounds of March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. [Video]

Around 500,000 people from all over the country gathered in Washington D.C. to demand the government for stricter gun regulations. Hundreds of students from Stoneman Douglas High School congregated at the JW Marriott Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. They crossed the street and met with other protesters at the Freedom Plaza. From there they walked toward

2018-04-11T16:17:47+00:00 March 27th, 2018|March For Our Lives, MSD Aftermath, Multimedia, Parkland, Video/Audio|

Marchers demand #neveragain in South Florida [Photos]

The South Florida News Service followed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and alumni to the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC. An estimated half million people descended on the nation's capital, chanting and waving signs. SFNS reporters also covered so-called sister rallies throughout South Florida. Click here to see our coverage, and check out some of

2018-03-27T11:18:43+00:00 March 27th, 2018|March For Our Lives, MSD Aftermath, Multimedia, Parkland|

At the Parkland march, emotions take hold

At the Parkland rally, around 20,000 people made way toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including community members still reeling from the tragedy. Vanessa Marie, a freshman from Royal Palm Beach High School, said despite feeling sadness, she is empowered to make a difference. "A lot of people are focusing on protecting guns instead of

2018-03-27T12:00:26+00:00 March 24th, 2018|March For Our Lives, MSD Aftermath, Parkland|

March for Our Lives: South Florida updates

Today is the March for Our Lives, and over 50 sibling marches are being held in Florida. Find a local one here. FIU journalism students will be covering various marches in South Florida, including a march in Parkland. Reporters will be live on the scene, documenting happenings at the marches. Stay tuned for regular updates.

2018-03-29T14:55:51+00:00 March 24th, 2018|March For Our Lives, MSD Aftermath, Multimedia, Parkland|

Gun shop owners survey follow-up [Video]

Several weeks ago, the South Florida News Service conducted a survey of gun shop owners and pawnbrokers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Moti Adika is the owner of Masa Firearms in Coral Springs and one of the people we spoke to. His shop is located about two miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where Nikolas

2018-04-11T16:16:53+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Business, Education, MSD Aftermath, News, Politics, Public Safety, Video/Audio|

Survey Follow-up: Feedback from members of the gun industry

South Florida News Service recently conducted a survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawn shops in South Florida and found similarities and differences in their answers.  The area's two most populous counties were split on whether the age to purchase firearms should be raised to 21. Broward County was largely in favor of such legislation, while Miami-Dade County gun dealers and

2018-03-22T20:39:26+00:00 March 8th, 2018|MSD Aftermath, News, Politics, Public Safety|

SFNS/FIU Survey of Gun Dealers and Pawnshops

A survey of federally licensed gun dealers and pawnshops in South Florida found wide agreement that the state should continue to allow the sales of weapons like the AR-15 -- the weapon used in the shooting in Parkland Feb. 14 -- but disagreement on whether arming teachers would make schools safer. People in Broward and Miami-Dade

2018-04-10T08:42:03+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Business, Data Desk, MSD Aftermath, News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|