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As students unite, a grassroots effort continues fight against gun violence

Posted at 11:19 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 07:32:37-04

A month ago, 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland Florida.  Wednesday, thousands of students left class and marched for a safer life.  In Annapolis, legislation to strengthen gun laws moves forward.  And Wednesday night, Moms Demand Action continued its quest to end gun violence all together. 

"Moms Demand Action supports the second amendment and supports gun right however we demand gun sense, common sense, gun legislation," Andrea Koller of Moms Demand Actions, told ABC2. 

"This is obviously a response to the shooting of the high school students and teachers in Florida," said Koller.

Organizers said their meetings are filling up all over the country. The reason?  People everywhere want their cities, neighborhoods and schools to be safe.

Koller joined this nationwide group after an act of violence forever changed her life.

"Two years ago I experienced gun violence. I was shot in the chest during a car jacking in Queens, New York," Koller said.

For all of the members of the organization, making life a safe place again, is the goal.

"It’s not just for my children, it’s for all the children who died and have been a victim.  Kids deserve to be safe in their schools, we deserve to be safe wherever we are," said first time participant, Jessica Kurrle.

On this day, nationwide student walkouts are met by grassroots efforts.  Little by little, moms says a revolution is happening.

"With the most latest school shooting I was motivated by the momentum the youth are getting.  It excites me.  It feels like it might actually make some change in the country," said Kurrle.

"The kids are electrified, they’re activated and they have created a momentum that’s unstoppable," said Koller.

Not to mention the legislative strides Moms Demand Action is making.  House Bill 1646 is making its way through the legislative process.  It aims to protect domestic violence survivors by requiring convicted abusers to hand in any guns they may have.

"There’s just so much more violence that can take place and so much more deadly violence that can take place when there’s a gun in the home," said Koller.

Maryland lawmakers advanced two key pieces of gun legislation this week. One outlaws bump stocks and the other pushes for a red flag rule which allows the seizure of weapons from a person a judge considers dangerous.