Parkland and Liberty City students plot a gun-control push in Washington | Miami Herald

Parkland and Liberty City students plot a gun-control push in Washington | Miami Herald

The scene on Capitol Hill Wednesday was a familiar one. Students from Miami-Dade, Broward and around the country recounted distressing tales of gun violence. Aggrieved Democrats demanded change, and no Republicans were there. Television cameras crammed the room. But any measurable change on gun legislation was much more likely to come from what happened after an event organized by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, than what happened during it. The cameras were gone. The members of Congress all left to vote. And Charlie Mirsky, a student activist at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton was fist-bumping and exchanging contact information with Ricky Pope, a Miami Northwestern junior who helped lead a student walkout after his classmate Kimson Green was murdered while sitting outside a Liberty City apartment complex. Our journalism makes a difference. And your subscription makes it possible. Subscribe today for only <strike style="color: #5b5b5b";> $12.99 </strike> $7.99 per month SUBSCRIBE NOW The pair plotted. Mirsky and Pope discussed how they can maintain attention for their shared cause of reducing gun violence and about organizing future events in South Florida and Washington. They talked about the complex realities and challenges of coming up and pursuing policies that address a world where students in Parkland no longer feel safe at school while students in Liberty City feel school is the safest refuge from gun violence. They also complained about the AP U.S. History exam. And while Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showered the students with praise […]

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