The Bakersfield High School Democrats organized a march Monday afternoon in solidarity with survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Over 50 students, activists and community members marched along California Ave. to send a message to elected officials they want gun control legislation.
Bakersfield students like Bakersfield High School Senior Lucy Brown said they were inspired when they heard their Parkland peers speak out.
We asked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Congressman David Valadao their reaction to Parkland students forcefully calling for stricter gun control, if they support banning bump stocks (attachments used during the Vegas shooting that allows sem-automatic rifles to fire faster), and if they
In a statement, McCarthy wrote:
“Judy and I continue to mourn and pray for the victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Each day we learn more about the precious lives that were so needlessly cut short and the beautiful memories and legacy that each person leaves behind. The stories of heroism from classmates and teachers remind us that in the face of terror, Americans respond with courage and selflessness. This unspeakable horror – like each mass shooting before it – leaves our country asking why this happened and what can we do to stop it. No student, teacher, or administrator should ever have to fear violence at our schools. Our collective resolve to educate free of fear or threat will require Americans young and old to share their ideas and have their voices heard, and I welcome each and every voice.
“Late last year the House of Representatives passed legislation that would improve national and state reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Congress has also instructed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to review the selling and purchase of bump stocks in compliance with existing law. As the Parkland community and our nation begin to heal from this tragedy, our work to keep our communities, our children, and our schools safe is paramount.”
Valadao did not respond to request for comment.
Both Valadao and McCarthy have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions throughout their careers from NRA groups according to the Center for Responsive Politics.