Students gather at Florida's statehouse to push for change in gun laws
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 24, 2018,
Feb 24, 2018, 11:38
A 15-year-old boy was arrested in similar circumstances earlier this week.
"We do need to have some gun control reform".
"It's too much. Those are 70 murderers", Acquaroli said. "Every single weapon is awful when it is in the hands of someone who is mentally unstable".
Along with Indiana, California, Washington, Oregon and CT have passed "red flag laws" that allow family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily take guns away from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.
Sarah Chadwick can't vote because she is only 16 years old. Marco Rubio of Florida over his NRA ties.
She wants stricter gun laws, including better background and mental health checks.
"This looks like unity, like we are together", Madison Leal said.
And with Stoneman Douglas students in the gallery of the chamber, Florida House members voted on wether or not to take up the motion.
Now over a dozen of them are tirelessly campaigning and making the rounds on U.S. cable news networks to share their story, their message.
The teens called on lawmakers to take steps to prevent shooting incidents, regardless of where they stand politically. "This is a smart, intelligent, attractive community", he said.
Some students at the Capitol say they were turned away by their representatives because meetings were "appointment only".
"I really think they are going to hear us out", a senior named Chris told the AP. "You're speaking for the kids and the generation of tomorrow so that they don't have to take the very same march that you're taking today". It would have required a two-thirds vote to move directly to the House floor.
"How could they do that to us?" said survivor Emma González, 17, whose impassioned speech on gun control went viral."#NeverAgain.