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Melania Trump meets with Parkland shooting survivor at White House

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a person with collar shirt © Provided by The Hill First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday met with a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting during his visit to Capitol Hill.

"Heartened to see children affected by tragedy using their voices to try and create change. Wonderful to meet and speak with Stoneman Douglas High School student @KyleKashuv today at the @WhiteHouse. His message of unity inspires us all!" the First Lady tweeted.

Kyle Kashuv survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas last month, where 17 people were killed and several others were injured. The shooting sparked a renewed conversation on gun laws and how to prevent school shootings, largely led by students.

Kashuv and the First Lady also discussed the ReachOut App, which Kashuv has been promoting in the aftermath of the shooting. The app allows a student to connect with fellow students to discuss emotional or mental problems they're experiencing.

Kashuv said on Twitter that he also met with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), as well as Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss his app and experiences since the shooting.

Since the shooting, President Trump and other lawmakers have voiced support at various times for strengthening background checks, raising the age requirement to purchase a rifle and banning bump stocks.

However, no gun legislation has been passed in the weeks since the Parkland shooting, despite recent polls showing overwhelming support for stricter gun laws.


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