Utah youth rally in support of gun control legislation

Utah youth rally in support of gun control legislation

Ainsley Moench provides information at a booth before a rally held to show support for public safety bills that oppose gun violence at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Organizers held the rally the day after the anniversary of when 17 people were killed two years ago at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and the week of the anniversary of the 2007 Trolley Square shooting. Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — About 75 people rallied Saturday at the Utah Capitol in support of proposed gun legislation, focusing on how mass shootings at schools and other public sites are creating fear in the current generation of students. Katie Kern said she was growing up in New York when the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened in Connecticut in 2012. “I was 9 years old when the shooting happened. Overhearing the news that 5 year olds were being shot with guns that were easily accessible shocked me,” Kern recalled during the rally. “And eight years later, nothing has changed.” She said she grew up with the fear of getting shot, and performing active shooter drills in school. “The sound of a fire alarm, a slamming locker, a voice in a hallway, things that all should be routine, even boring, inspire fear in students across the country,” according to Kern. “It doesn’t have to be this way. We are tired of politicians determining our right to safety, we are tired of seeing […]

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