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Moms, dads pack local school demanding action on gun reform

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Hundreds packed Hixson Middle School to discuss how they can demand gun reform. Credit: KMOV Hundreds packed Hixson Middle School to discuss how they can demand gun reform. Credit: KMOV
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Hundreds packed Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves Thursday to discuss the topic of gun reform.

Members of the group Moms Demand Action packed the school to hear how they could get involved with gun reform. The meeting was originally supposed to take place somewhere else but was moved to Hixson to accommodate the crowd. More than 700 people showed up.

For many people, Thursday was their first foray into activism. Lindsay Headick came for her 2-year-old daughter.

“I was in this school is when Columbine happened and I never thought from then until now that I would have to be here saying something needs to be done about gun violence for my 2.5-year-old daughter,” said Headick.

Another first-timer, Janet Lohr, said she’s been following along on Facebook for years, but said the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida inspired her to take action.

“It’s not like her we’re asking people to give up their guns, we’re just asking for common sense gun laws,” said Lohr. “To me, it means we need background checks, proper training. I know a lot of states offer that, but in Missouri, we seem to be very lax.”

The leader of the St. Louis chapter of Moms Demand Action says their main priority is stopping a bill that would eliminate some gun-free zones in Missouri.

“That’s the bill we’re worried the most about,” said Becky Morgan, leader of the St. Louis chapter. “It is not going to happen overnight but we will get this done for our kids."

A Republican state lawmaker told News 4 they will take those concerns about the bill into consideration but added that mass shootings keep happening in places where guns are not allowed.

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