Students press Congress for action on guns

Students press Congress for action on guns

© Getty Images A group of young students stormed Capitol Hill this week to press Congress to take immediate action on gun reform following a series of deadly mass shootings at schools around the country. Speaking to roughly 50 House Democrats on Wednesday at the Capitol, the students — some of whom are survivors of recent school violence — made their case that current law makes them vulnerable to future shootings and congressional inaction makes lawmakers complicit. “There is so much that Congress could be doing to curb the senseless violence, yet the powers that be will not even allow this conversation to be had on the House or Senate floor,” said Daniel Gelillo, a senior at Maryland’s Richard Montgomery High School. “This should not be a political issue,” he added. “Bullets do not discriminate.” “We have to act now because tomorrow isn’t promised,” echoed Malachi Dunn, an 11th grader at Hallandale Magnet High School in south Florida. The students were speaking to a friendly audience. A number of Democrats have been pressing for years for tougher guns laws, amplifying their calls in the wake of mass shootings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February, and another last week in Sante Fe, Texas. Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, have so far refused the entreaties, arguing that gun violence is largely a function of holes in school security and mental health treatment, not an absence of tougher gun restrictions, which they deem an infringement on Second […]

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