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Victims of Gun Violence Talk About What Comes After 'March For Our Lives'

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted a roundtable on Monday to discuss how to keep the momentum for gun control going long after this coming Saturday's "March For Our Lives," organized by Parkland students with support from their peers around the country. 

The panel was a follow-up to a gun safety roundtable that Wasserman Schultz held earlier this month.

 

 

 

 

At the city of Sunrise police station, the congresswoman gathered faith leaders, Broward County government officials, former NRA members and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students for the second time since the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people. “This doesn’t end next Saturday with the March For Our Lives. The March For Our Lives should be looked at as a beginning,” the congresswoman said.

The goal of the roundtable is to discuss solutions that can be eventually written into a federal gun control bill.

Fred Guttenberg spoke about his gun control advocacy efforts after his daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland shooting.

“All you need to do is invite me to any conversation, on either side of this issue, as long as you agree we will talk about guns,” Gutenberg said.

Megan Hobson was hit by a stray bullet in a Miami Gardens drive-by in 2012. She sat on the panel, and spoke out afterwards against complacency toward gun violence.

“You might not look at your kids and see some of the kids that have been affected by this,” Hobson said. “But at the end of the day, you have to still have that consciousness and know that bullets also have no eyes.”

Several members of the panel, including Wasserman Schultz, will be in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 24, for the national "March For Our Lives." 

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The second of at least three round tables, was lead by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She also organized similar listening sessions with local leaders after the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Internatiopnal Airport shooting in January of 2017.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN
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The Florida Channel
The second of at least three round tables, was lead by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She also organized similar listening sessions with local leaders after the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Internatiopnal Airport shooting in January of 2017.

Local reverends, Rabbis, Moms Demand Action, The League of Women Voters, and Broward County government officials are just some of the groups that make up the round table panel.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN
/
The Florida Channel
Local reverends, Rabbis, Moms Demand Action, The League of Women Voters, and Broward County government officials are just some of the groups that make up the round table panel.

Caitie Switalski is a rising senior at the University of Florida. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. When she's in Gainesville for school, Caitie is an anchor and producer for local Morning Edition content at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editor for the station's website. Her favorite stories are politically driven, about how politicians, laws and policies effect local communities. Once she graduates with a dual degree in Journalism and English,Caitiehopes to make a career continuing to report and produce for NPR stations in the sunshine state. When she's not following what's happening with changing laws, you can catchCaitielounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.