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Gun reform advocates gather outside Senator Marco Rubio’s office

MIAMI- Following a series of mass shootings that have drawn national attention, efforts to reach elected leaders to talk about gun reform are intensifying.

This morning it started in Senator Marco Rubio’s office with petitions asking for change.

“This is a petition, there are 600,000 signatures from Americans across the country,” said Lindsey Shook, leader of the Florida Moms Demand Action group.

Shook’s group and Mothers Fighting For Justice want the senator to do something.

“I lost my son just sitting at home sitting on top of a staircase by a stray bullet, so I don’t want this to become normal for my community or my families,” Romania Dukes told CBS4, the founder of Mothers Fighting For Justice.

Meanwhile, outside a coalition of teachers, parents and survivors have come together to echo the message that action is needed to prevent further shootings.

“These are our children, these are people who go to church, who have gone to the grocery store, who have worked in a hospital, guns can’t be more important than people, and no one is us. asking to do anything about the Second Amendment,” Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers told the crowd.

Many attendees called for what they call reasonable gun safety regulations, such as background checks, raising the age to buy an AR-15 across the country to 21, and a limit on high-capacity magazines.

“There were good guys with guns and they turned out to be cowards with guns. First we have to figure out how to keep a shooter out of campus and how to keep them from getting them an AR-15 to start with. otherwise we put the lives of law enforcement, our students and our teachers at risk and we can’t do this, these kids are dying,” said David Hogg, alumnus of Marjorie Stoneman Douglass and co-founder of March for Our Lives.

For some, this discussion has reached a critical point.

CBS4 asked Shook what if executives don’t do anything yet, she said, “So we’ll remember in November.”

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