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Local high school students demand action regarding gun violence

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Clayton High School students speaking out Friday (Credit: KMOV) Clayton High School students speaking out Friday (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Students at two local high schools are demanding action regarding gun violence.

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman joined students at Clayton High School around 11 a.m. Friday while they spoke out about gun violence. The students spoke about not feeling safe and demanded actions be taken to save their lives.

“The dangers of guns is always present to me,” Clayton High School student Hayley Bridges said. “I don’t know when somebody’s gonna pull one out. I don’t know who has one, or where it’s gonna be. Every day of my life I fear that someone will pull out a gun and shoot at any time.”

Some students voiced their support of banning assault weapons and stronger background checks.

“Increasing the number of guns in schools is not the solution we need.  What we need is to require permits and background checks for any gun sale. Before 2007 Missouri had such a law. This law required comprehensive background checks and a permit in order to purchase a gun but that law was repealed in 2007. In the first six years after the repeal, the gun homicide rate in Missouri was 16 percent higher than it was before the repeal. Second, what we need is a way to keep guns out of the hands of those known to have a history of violence,” said Clayton High School Student Sydney Tennill. 

The students also voiced their support for Rep. Newman’s HB 2554, which would establish the ‘Save Our Kids Act.’ The bill was introduced and read for the first time at the Missouri House of Representatives Thursday. 

Rep. Newman is also stood with students at Parkway Central High School Friday afternoon.

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