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Gun control supporters aren’t too happy with how the week turned out. While some expressed their outrage over the U.S. Senate’s rejection of several bills, others have held demonstrations in response to the House’s lack of votes. But, they’re still holding out hope that something can be done on the federal level to help curb gun violence.

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The relatives of two people killed by firearms say they’re disappointed gun control legislation they supported failed to get enough votes in the Republican-led U.S. Senate.

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A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

It’s been more than a year since the Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 26 people dead—mostly kids. And, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) says according to a national report, close to 50-percent of the incidents—similar to Sandy Hook—are known to last less than 15 minutes.

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The Florida House is hoping to send a message to those in Washington D.C. that they don’t want the government infringing on citizens’ gun rights. They did so through a Memorial passed Wednesday. And, the passage of the Memorial also comes just as a gun control proposal stalled in Congress.

“So, all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said President Barack Obama at a press conference Wednesday.

The December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left more than 20 children dead last year has spurred much discussion in recent months over gun laws and mental health issues. Florida is one of the states looking into both issues. And, a bill is gaining traction in the state Legislature that could block anyone checking voluntarily into a mental health treatment facility from purchasing a gun.

Several members of Congress are bringing a few special guests to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address in Washington. Florida Congresswoman Lois Frankel is hoping to bring more awareness about curbing gun violence by inviting people close to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, which left more than 20 children dead in Connecticut.

Frankel’s guest is Lynn McDonnell, the mother of seven-year-old Grace, one of the victims of the Newton tragedy. McDonnell's husband Chris will also be attending as the guest of another Congresswoman from California.

The Senate Education Committee spoke at length with local school district officials about policies and technologies in place aimed at preventing tragedies like last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Connecticut.

Superintendents from Leon, Wakulla and St. Johns County School districts offered suggestions and shared advice with senators about ways to improve school safety. That includes conducting school surveys with safety officials, using licensed law enforcement officials as school resource officers, and installing cameras in schools and monitoring them remotely.

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Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, the topic of how to prevent such a tragedy from happening at other schools around the country has been the source of national, state, and community discussions.

Possible solutions include gun control legislation, while others want to expand the state’s rules to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. But, the current head of Florida’s education system says she’s not sure that’s a good idea.

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Days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons greets students as they leave from class at Sable Palm Elementary School.

“With that going on, I felt it was important to get our leadership team out and to see my children and all the kids, and reassure them that schools are a safe place to be," he says as parents drive by and pickup their kids.