Local students rally against gun violence in St. Pete in support of Stoneman Douglas victims

By: Jana Jones & Corey DavisLocal_students_rally_against_gun_violenc_2_48395996_ver1.0_640_360

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Students from around the Tampa Bay area joined a rally in St. Pete led by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Ever since the tragic Parkland shooting that ended the lives of 17 people, students from Stoneman Douglas and other students from across the country are trying to make a difference.

They are in involved with what’s called a ‘Road to Change’ tour this summer. The group stopped in St. Petersburg Thursday for a rally in Williams Park.

The group is visiting all 27 congressional districts in Florida to keep the conversation going about gun violence and to encourage people to register to vote to make a change.

“This is about saving people’s lives and that’s something that we can all agree on,” said a passionate high school student.

Students are on a mission almost five months after the Stoneman Douglas Valentines Day shooting.

Survivors don’t want the gun issue to fade away and they want to clear up misconceptions about their goals.

“So many people hear, when they hear, ‘March for our Lives,’ they think we want to take away their guns. And that is completely false. I’ve grown up in a home with guns in it and we’re pushing for common sense gun legislation to make sure people can have guns, as long as they’re responsible,” said Lauren Hogg, Parkland student.

The Road to Change tour is aimed to educate people about guns and get them registered to vote.

It’s also to let today’s youth know they have a voice and they should use it.

You as a citizen are powerful and you, either as the youth of this nation, or an adult who’s lived here forever, has a voice and it matters,” said Ryan Servaites, Parkland student.

The last objective of the tour is standing up to anyone that is a blockade to gun safety. Students say they don’t want thoughts and prayers when another tragedy happens, they want something done now.

If you’re going to say you’re doing something, I need to know what that something requires We’re looking for specifics,” said Kayla Dixon, student at Countryside High School.

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