Minnesota Students Join Gun Control Demonstrations

April 20, 2018 06:56 PM

Hundreds of Minnesota high school students demonstrated on the steps of the State Capitol Friday afternoon as part of a nationwide effort on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado.

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The students spoke in favor of gun control and chanted anti-NRA slogans at the rally.

"I think it's important because we're right at the Capitol with legislators. I think it's meant to show that we do want to have a voice. We want to be safe in school," Jude David, a student at Buffalo High School said.

Other students expressed concern about going to school every day with the lingering fear they could be the victim of a shooter.

"I would like to not be scared I'm going to get shot in school," Retta St. Arnault, a senior at Woodbury High School, told KSTP. "I think guns should be more controlled. More background checks. It should not be so easy for anyone to get a gun and hurt people."

The Minnesota Legislature is unlikely to pass any significant gun control legislation this year. However, they are likely to pass millions of dollars in funding to make school buildings safer and for mental health programs in middle schools and high schools.

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Tom Hauser

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