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Austin Students to Join Lawmakers for Capitol Walkout
Today, students from at least 16 Austin schools are joining the Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety to protest gun violence. The student-led event coincides with others taking place across the country during today’s “National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools,” commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1999.
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is a leader on gun safety in the Texas House of Representatives and the official state sponsor of the Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety. Rep. Rodriguez will address the Texas Capitol Walkout on the South Steps at approximately 1:25 PM.
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the protest:
“Gun violence is an epidemic in American society. Every year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to gun violence and tragedies like Parkland remind us that we are all vulnerable to the whims of mass shooters wielding weapons of war.
“The fear of gun violence is palpable in our schools and affects students’ physical health, mental health and ability to learn. That’s why gun safety must be one of our top priorities - children shouldn’t have to overcome the fear of being shot at school when they get on the bus in the morning.
“There has been little progress made on gun safety since the Columbine shooting 19 years ago, but this time feels different. Through the March for Our Lives and the Town Hall for Our Lives, I’ve met incredible young people who are dedicated to translating their fear and grief into life-saving legislation. Local students worked hard to organize these massive events and turned out thousands of people to demand action from their elected officials, and the Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety is further testament to their determination.
“I am proud to support the students taking a stand against gun violence and I look forward to working with them on common-sense gun laws in the 86th Legislative Session.”