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Parkland shooting survivors encourage St. Louis youths to register to vote

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Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg speaks at a St. Louis town hall about the importance of voting.(Credit: KMOV) Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg speaks at a St. Louis town hall about the importance of voting.(Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida arrived in St. Louis Sunday to inspire youths to make a difference.

Sunday's event marked the second stop on a nationwide tour geared towards urging youths to vote and elect leaders in favor of tougher gun laws.

“What I need each one of you to do is get more people to vote," said Parkland student, David Hogg.

Last February, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 others wounded. . 

Local community leaders and members of the St. Louis Chapter of March for Our Lives took part in the discussion panel. Students from the St. Louis area said they wanted to provide more community efforts after the shooting. 

"There is this helplessness, I felt like I had to do something and I didn't know what," said Hanna Brown.  

This year, several school shootings have made national headlines including Parkland and Santé Fe, Texas where ten people were killed.

Its numbers like those the town hall hopes will decline, by gaining more voter participation.

The St. Louis chapter began planning the event back in February. 

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