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Florida Students March on Tallahassee, Demand Gun-Control Reform

TALLAHASSEEE, february 22, 2018- Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the deadly Parkland, Florida shooting, delivered impassioned speeches to Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee on Wednesday. The teenage shooting survivors urged legislative changes to end gun violence.

“Trust me, I understand,” Stoneman Douglas High School junior Alfonso Calderon said in a six-minute speech at a rally. “I was in a closet, locked for four hours, with people who I would consider almost family, crying and weeping on me, begging for their lives. I understand what it’s like to text my parents, ‘Goodbye, I might never ever get to see you again, I love you.’ I understand what it’s like to fear for your life, and I don’t think we should ever be discredited because of that. I don’t think we should ever be silenced because we are just children.”

Earlier in the week, the GOP-majority statehouse rejected a proposal that would ban many semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines. On Wednesday, lawmakers expressed support for other measures endorsed by the students including deeper background checks and stricter gun rules for individuals with mental health issues.

Outside the the state capital, thousands of local high school students across the Tampa Bay area showed their solidarity with the Stoneman Douglas students by staging organized walkouts at their respective schools. The demonstrations, largely organized over social media, had students gathering in hallways and campus plazas for 17 minutes of silence to commemorate the 17 people killed during the February 14th shooting.(www.rollingstone.com)


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