Parkland shooting survivors come to ABQ to discuss gun violence

Parkland shooting survivors come to ABQ to discuss gun violence

March for Our Lives in partnership with Road to Change hosted a rally in Roosevelt Park on Wednesday to promote gun violence awareness and to encourage young people to vote. Maggie Byers, the volunteer events and membership lead for Moms Demand Action — a group formed after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting — said that over 10 people were there registering people to vote. She said students and Moms Demand Action aimed to educate attendees on gun reform policies. According to Byers, one of the biggest problems leading to gun violence is that people are not required to get background checks — background checks are only required in 18 states. All federally licensed gun sellers are required to conduct background checks, Byers said, and 40 percent of gun purchases are through non-federal sellers. She said background checks need to be mandatory for everyone. “Obviously if they’re old enough to be shot, then their old enough to have an opinion about this,” Byers said. Emma González, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, said Road to Change decided to come to Albuquerque because of the city’s potential for strong youth leadership. Additionally, she said Albuquerque is in need of youth voter turnout. González said she hopes to open up a place for dialogue about gun reform and common sense gun law, adding that March for Our Lives has 10 different policies on gun reform. “The fact that we experienced (gun violence) isn’t surprising, because bullets […]

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