Florida Shooting Prompts Outrage, Protests Across California
Although the shooting last week that claimed the lives of 17people took place in Florida, all around the nation, school districts, students, and families are feeling the effects.
Officials at Los Angeles Unified are working overtime trying to ease the fears of concerned parents. The district’s police department is increasing its presence on campuses. While mental health professionals continue to work nonstop helping students.
In Bakersfield, students organized a protest over the Presidents Day holiday. People in Los Angeles also gathered at Pershing Square asking for lawmakers to pass stricter gun regulations. The march was organized by Moms Demand Action and Drain the NRA.
The Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER group has planned a national school walkout for March 14. Another march organized by students is scheduled for March 28, with the purpose of asking Congress for gun reform. And a third walkout is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Meanwhile, Moms Demand Action gathered in San Diego outside Rep. Duncan Hunter's office demanding reform.
California is one of just a handful of states that has “red flag laws” in place. These laws grant family members or law enforcement to request that a person’s gun rights be temporarily stripped if they show signs of violence. The law came about after the 2014 Isla Vista killings at UC Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of six people.