On Valentine's Day, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shot 17 people dead and injured 14 more in the deadliest U.S. school shooting since Sandy Hook. The accused 19-year-old was caught after fleeing the scene.
The gunman used a legally purchased Smith and Wesson M&P15, a version of the AR-15. Long guns can be legally purchased by anyone 18 and older. And with no criminal record, the Florida gunman cleared an instant background check via the FBI criminal database.
This week, one of the nation’s largest sports retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, said they would stop selling all assault-style rifles in its stores. They'll also no longer sell high-capacity magazines, and no longer sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age.