Walker: Student voices vital to gun violence discussion
Juneau high school students on Wednesday will call for action against gun violence in our nation’s schools during a march to the Capitol steps.
The rally comes one month after the Valentine’s Day shooting in a South Florida High School that took 17 lives.
Gov. Bill Walker said these voices carry weight, adding he’s already met with Anchorage students over the weekend to discuss gun violence.
“Their voice needs to be heard,” Walker said in a Tuesday morning press briefing. “Those who are close to that situation-- it's very appropriate for them to have a voice in their concerns.
“They may see some solutions that we may not. That’s why I met with the group that I did on Sunday.”
Similar rallies are planned nationwide, including Alaska’s capital, where students hope to get lawmakers’ attention.
Juneau students have already testified on a gun bill being considered by lawmakers.
Rep. Geran Tarr’s bill empowers family members or law enforcement to remove guns from someone they believe may harm themselves or others.
The bill gained momentum after last month’s Parkland, Fla., high school shooting that took 17 lives.
It’s scheduled for another hearing on Wednesday afternoon-- a few hours after the rally ends.
Walker said Tarr’s bill warrants consideration, citing a recent conversation he had with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
“I think we have to look at all options,” Walker said. “I don’t think we can take anything off the table at this point when it comes to protecting and making our schools safer.”
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