Arizona group takes push for gun reform, voter registration on road

Arizona group takes push for gun reform, voter registration on road

(Cronkite News Photo/Jordan Dafnis) PHOENIX – March for Our Lives, the student-led movement for sensible gun-law reforms, hosted a “Breakfast for Our Lives” on Thursday and announced a summer bus tour to educate and register young voters. This summer, March for Our Lives launched a 20-state bus tour , but because it does not include Arizona, local activists started their own. The breakfast also served as a fundraiser to pay for bus rentals and drivers. Students are using the tour as an opportunity to promote voter outreach and start new chapters across the state. The idea is to elect representatives who support public demands for effective gun laws. Toni St John, the Chandler Hamilton High School student who organized an unauthorized walkout by 600 students on April 20 – the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting – told the breakfast how she was galvanized by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “It came out of this place of anger and sadness and want for change” she said. Her actions resulted in a week of detention, an experience she was unfamiliar with, but the mission to stop gun violence outweighed the consequences, she said. March for Our Lives gained momentum after an enormous demonstration March 24 in Washington, D.C., and cities across the country. The movement’s Arizona leaders complain Gov. Doug Ducey has not met to discuss their issues, but Cronkite News reporter Jordan Dafnis reached out for comment and received […]

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