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Parkland shooting survivors talk gun reform with local students

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 23:13:02-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The March for Our Lives movement made a stop in Kansas City, Kansas on Monday.

This summer, students are on a 75-city tour that will stop in more than 20 states to call for gun law reform.

Alfonso Calderon, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student, said he's doing this because, "Saving people's lives through reasonable, common sense gun laws is what I want to do."

The group wants to make 10 policy changes.

Calderon believes, "There's always middle ground for any issue, especially this one."

Parkland students shared the stage with local high school kids to discuss how to enact change. April Ma, who attends Blue Valley West High School, pushed back on the idea that all Republicans are against gun reform.

"I think that is a really unfortunate stereotype because there are some Republicans who generally want to see good change, who want to save lives. I think that's something that we fail to recognize sometimes," Ma said.

Quinn Patel goes to Olathe East High School. He wants people to know that "We're not anti-gun. We're just anti getting shot."

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) sent a statement to 41 Action News saying that he's glad students are getting involved in the gun policy discussion:

“Keeping our children safe is always at the top of my mind. It's why I’ve voted recently for measures that have been signed into law to strengthen background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals, reinforce school security, and allow CDC to study gun violence. I was one of the first Republicans in Congress to call for a ban on bump stocks, and was glad to see the Administration follow through with executive action. To continue the ongoing discussion, I’ve also put together a community task force to share ideas and perspectives from across the political spectrum to improve the safety of all our children. Students have an important voice in this discussion and I hope they continue to be involved in our political process.”