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People in KC ask for change in wake of Florida shooting

Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 19:27:37-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, people in Kansas City gathered at the Country Club Plaza to ask for change.

About 40 people lined Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard in front of JC Nichols fountain with signs demanding stricter gun laws.

Many saying they want common-sense gun laws.

The signs read ‘Parkland #HonorWithAction' and ‘End Gun Violence.’

The group says they are standing up for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting but they are also standing up for change.

“Thoughts and prayers aren’t working," shouted one man.

“We are asking the legislators to enact stricter legislation,” said Henry Stoever, Chair of Peaceworks Kansas City.

Parents, grandparents, and students from local high schools held signs in the hopes of inspiring others to act.

“I think we’re hoping to get the word out and let people know how we feel,” said Jana Hitchcock, a freshman at Lincoln College Prep.

Hitchcock says school shouldn’t be a place students fear.

“What happened in Parkland was kind of jolting,” said Hitchcock.

Peggy Zilm wants change for her 8 year old grandson.

“I just want to make it safer for him,” said Zilm, a member of Grandparents against Gun Violence.

“This country needs common sense gun control,” said Zilm.

The protesters say they hope people driving past read their signs and contact local lawmakers about changing gun laws.