President Trump's listening session included students, parents and teachers from Columbine, Newtown and Parkland.
Students across the US held protests against gun violence, showing solidarity with the calls for action by survivors of the high school shooting in south Florida last week. Deeply in the pocket of the NRA, the party has resisted all calls for tougher gun laws, such as banning assault-type weapons, tightening gun sale regulations, more stringent background checks. Others carried signs with #NeverAgain. But largely he listened, holding handwritten notes bearing his message to the families. Interestingly, the last point spells "I hear you".
Trump invited his guests to suggest solutions and solicited feedback. But it's not just Douglas students taking action.
This generation goes to school thinking, "Is my school next?"
Invited by Trump to propose solutions to school shootings, the visitors' suggestions ranged from heightened school security to better mental health facilities, with several speakers carefully avoiding the topic of guns.
Most in the group were emotional but quiet and polite.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, died in last week's attack - the second-deadliest shooting at a United States public school - said: "We, as a country, failed our children".
"I'm pissed. It was my daughter I am not going to see again", Pollack said as he ended his statement to the president. So as I try to think through these proposals, is it going to change something? Still, gun owners are a key part of his base of supporters.
And with Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery of the chamber, Florida House members voted on wether or not to take up the motion.
"I totally understand the concern and some aspects I really agree with it", Kashuv, 16, said on "The View" Wednesday.
Lawmakers are under pressure to act on gun-control measures, and President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he meant to ban "bump stock" devices for semiautomatic firearms.
Calls for gun control rose in the U.S. after Sandy Hook and the Columbine shooting, but were defeated by Congress.