Some of the hundreds of West Boca High School students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after they walked there in honor of the 17 students shot dead last week on Feb. 20, 2018. {Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If you needed further proof that the lawmakers in this country care more about their damn guns than they do about the children who keep getting killed by them, read this story.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have made it their mission to lobby lawmakers in their state to change the state’s gun laws. They witnessed a massacre at their school carried out with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and they want to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.

As the students stood witness in the House gallery in Tallahassee, the state capital, Tuesday, lawmakers let them down by voting 36-71 against a ban on assault rifles similar to the one Nikolas Cruz used when he gunned down 17 people at their school Feb. 14, WPLG-TV and the Associated Press report.

According to News 13, the students present held a candlelight vigil before their meetings at the Senate Office Building. Although shocked, the students will not let Tuesday’s disappointment stop their mission.

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They have a town hall meeting scheduled with Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson. Donald Trump will also host a “listening session” with Florida high school students on Wednesday.

The students have a rally planned for Wednesday that they hope will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature and get legislators to consider a gun control package. Lawmakers said Monday that they would consider the package.

You have to be a heartless son of a bitch to look in the eyes of children who survived a horrific tragedy such as the one that occurred Feb. 14 and still vote down legislation that would make it harder for people to get their hands on the type of weapon used in that shooting.

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But this is where we are in this moment in our country.

We care more about guns than we do about people.