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Thousands of people support students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a rally for gun control at the Florida capitol (2/21/18).The Florida legislature is poised to pass some of the most sweeping gun control and mental health reforms in more than 20 years. The moves come as lawmakers face pressure from students affected by the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.On Valentine's Day, a 19-year-old in Parkland opened fire on his former classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He killed 14 students, three adults, and injured 14 others. There were warning signs, yet, all, including a tip to the FBI, were missed.That day, school safety measures in place, like school resource officers, restricted access and fencing--all failed.In the wake of the shooting, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas have mobilized, calling on the legislature to take greater action to prevent school and mass shootings. Lawmakers, it seems, are finally listening.https://youtu.be/6PRPEfu7WPg

Two Tallahassee Rallies Tackle Guns And Gun Reform

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Tom Flanigan

March for Our Lives activists are rallying at the Capital Saturday in support of gun reform. A group of gun rights activists is also planning a Saturday rally at the Capital.

Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, says the timing of the rally so close to the July 30th voter registration deadline was no mistake.  

“We’re looking to engage young people, drive them to register to vote, and hopefully get them involved in the midterms. I think you’ll hear some impactful stories. You’ll hear some urgency around our need to exercise our right to vote and hopefully you’ll see an energized community that’s ready to get out in August and again in November.”

Wolf says people on both sides of the debate have more in common than they may think and he encourages everyone to come out and speak with the other side.