Pulse Survivors Give Warm Send-Off to Florida Students Headed For Capital

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Students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida boarded buses as they prepared to head for the state capital yesterday to push for gun control reform. They were sent off with encouragement and solidarity by survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting from June 2016, another of the deadliest in US history.

“Y’all got this. Y’all strong. Make sure your voices are heard,” said a Pulse survivor in CBS Miami‘s report.

The Parkland shooting, which took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, killed 17 students and teachers, and has prompted a #MarchForOurLives movement among high schoolers across the country. Students from the school created the movement, which will include a march on Washington on March 24.

About 100 students from the school left on a bus last night for Tallahassee, where they stayed overnight in the Leon County Civic Center, before presenting remarks to top Florida legislators, including Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

The kids are asking for several protective measures to prevent further shootings, including: a “Ban on military weapons, universal background checks including info on mental health, past history and prison time, and a raise for the age of ownership for a gun,” according to Anthony Lopez, one of the students in the capital today, to CBS Miami. 

Here are pictures of the students and Pulse survivors as they prepared to head for the capital.