The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland Florida headed back to class today for the first time since the mass shooting at their school two weeks ago that took 17 lives.
Those students have been anything but silent about the tragedy. They’ve taken their message to the state capital of Tallahassee, they challenged Florida’s Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to change his position on gun control…and some of them met with President Trump to recount what happened and push the president to take action.
Here in Illinois, Democratic legislators have introduced a number of gun safety measures this week. The House and Senate are expected to vote on them today and a slate of gun control measures could potentially be on Governor Rauner’s desk later today or this week.
One of the proposals in Springfield would prevent people under the age of 21 from purchasing assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle used in the Parkland shooting. Another measure would require gun dealerships to get a state license. Still another is a so-called “red flag” law. Five states, including Indiana, have “red flag” laws on the books. They allow family members and guardians to go to court to take someone’s guns away if that person is deemed a threat.
We open the phones to hear from listeners what specific changes they’d like state and federal government to make after this latest school shooting.