As Gun Control Measures Stall at State Capitol, Minnesota Teens Continue Call For Change

March 22, 2018 10:15 PM

An effort to get two gun control measures to the floor of the Minnesota House floor failed this week after being voted down in committee.

But high school students are continuing the fight for stricter gun laws by taking their calls to the nation's capital.

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A large group from Henry Sibley High School boarded a bus to Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon.

The students are planning to rally Saturday during the March For Our Lives event organized in response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February.

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"We're a part of America and Minnesota and our community and we need to be heard," sophomore Emily Klein said.

The trip comes just two days after members of the House Public Safety Committee voted down two measures related to guns: one called for stricter background checks, the other would have allowed police or family members to get restraining orders to keep certain people from possessing a firearm if they're deemed dangerous.

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Republican Rep. Brian Johnson chairs the committee and was part of the no votes.

"If we act quick and on emotion, we usually get it wrong," Johnson said. "Let's be very careful how we do things to make sure we do it right."

"I think they need to realize that we don't think it's enough and that we want them to do better," said Devin Bauert, a senior at Henry Sibley.

She said what happened in the legislature is disappointing, but it doesn't deter she and her friends from pushing for changes.

"It's not going to happen in a day," Bauert said. "I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day, but we're in it for the long haul. I just want to see change in my lifetime."


 

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