Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Students protest gun violence at Arizona Capitol

Students protest gun violence at Arizona Capitol

It coincided with national student walkouts commemorating the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Several students participated in the call for change, Zackariah Farah, a senior at Bloomfield Hills High School, said his brother was a victim of what he calls "weak gun laws".

Students at Wooster marched out of class with signs to the post office and mailed letters to the entire Nevada Delegation. A large number of state troopers were also on hand.

Students said that sensible gun laws are a long time coming in this country.

Student protesters at Omaha Central spoke with one voice to Nebraska lawmakers on Friday, they are telling them to vote for gun control legislation or risk getting voted out of office.

∫ At Canajoharie High School, Principal Rebecca Gleason worked with representatives of the student body to discuss alternative plans to participating in the walkout.

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"So many people die by gun violence every single day, the average in 2016 was 106 people a day", Sarah Cook said.

Today marks 19 years since the nation mourned the loss of 13 people shot and killed on a Colorado high school campus.

"There have been so many school shootings and my generation itself has been born into this", Izzy Black, 17, a junior at Iowa Park High said. The shooting sparked a debate about gun violence and mass shootings.

Eight students walked out of their classes and gathered in front of the school from 10 to 10:30 a.m. "Our students are passionate about school and safety and we supported them in their efforts [Friday]".

"I think you need to let the kids express how they feel", he said. "That's one of the things I had an issue with", one mother said.

And those holding the event say it is events like those threats that are making them want to stand up to be sure their voices are being heard.

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