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Recent tragedies motivate students to take action

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The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida ravaged the lives of countless families, but the face devastation, some students use the tragedy to motivate our nation's leaders.

Samuel Zeif is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the location of the parkland shooting.

"I lost a best friend who is practically a brother, and I am here to use my voice because I know he can't," Zeif discloses.

Zeif uses his loss to encourage change and he is not the only one demanding results.

"Young people are calling on their leaders, they are organizing marches across this country, they are calling for school walk-outs to demonstrate the importance of school safety," Senator Jennifer Shilling of Wisconsin's 32nd District explains.

Affected students recognize that heightened need and use their platform to ask why it continues.

"I don't understand how I can still go into a store and buy a weapon of war. How have we not stopped this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook? I am sitting with a mother that lost her son, and it's still happening," Zeif says.

With similar situations occurring since Parkland, some students around the country refuse to stand by.

"The public is there to ask for and support universal background checks, looking at reinstating a 24-hour waiting period, but also looking at mental health services," Shilling finishes.

Their perceived lack of results drives students to remind US leaders the value of collaboration.

"Ideas flow and get the problem solved, we need to do something and that's why we are here," Zeif concludes.

Governor Scott Walker has come out against the idea of arming Wisconsin teachers and says he is currently working with lawmakers on a package of gun safety bills.

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