TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- As another school shooting unfolded in California— Parkland students and others gathered at the statehouse Thursday in an effort to curb gun violence.
They chanted: “What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!”
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The group was pushing what it called a “Peace Plan For A Safer Florida.” It highlights bills that would further regulate guns in the state.
The policies would ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines and keep guns from those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. Plus— require background checks to buy ammo.
Democrats pitching the bills called on the GOP majority to schedule them for discussion. The students echoed that.
"I should be worried about planning my 14th birthday party. Instead, I am here, missing a day of school to ask my lawmakers to make change and save lives," said Zoe Weissman, a middle school student from Parkland.
The effort was in conjunction with March For Our Lives.The national group is aiming to cut gun violence in the U-S by half in the next ten years.