Students, state officials gather to address gun violence against children

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It’s a topic still on the minds of many – gun violence in schools – and on this day, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students across the country staged a walk out; but some did more than that.

Hundreds of students from Albuquerque and Santa Fe joined state lawmakers, law enforcement and others in a panel discussion at the Roundhouse. They called it a “Day of Action.” 

“Thanks everyone for be here. I’m sorry you have to be here, quite frankly,” said Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe). 

“The problem seems to be a lack of moral fiber present in our society. People are so isolated and the dysfunction seems to grow in the deep recesses of the virtual world where family and friends are not present,” said a student at the event.

This was a student-planned event to address gun violence against children in New Mexico. They packed into the Roundhouse filling three of its biggest committee rooms. 

First was the discussion with legislative leaders, like the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader, along with the State Police Chief. 

Students turned to the leaders of the state to push for change. 

“What legislation have you sponsored in the past and what legislation are you planning to sponsor to properly address and prevent these tragedies?” a student asked. 

Democratic legislators told the students they need their help and support, no matter how long it takes, to make those changes. 

After the panel, the teens wrote letters to state and congressional leaders, registered to vote, and unveiled an art project honoring the children killed by gun violence in New Mexico. 

The day ended with a student-led rally outside the Roundhouse.

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