Action against gun violence: Senators, representatives to meet with parents, students in Hartford Friday

It's been a busy week for Ridgefield High School sophomore Lane Murdock.

The founder of the National School Walkout movement will meet with a contingency of Connecticut politicians in Hartford today — Friday, Feb. 23 — before Congress returns to Washington for the upcoming legislative session following the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 students and faculty dead. 

The group includes U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), and John Larson (CT-1).

Murdock will be joined by fellow anti-gun violence advocate Mark Barden, founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and parent of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim

Together, the politicians and advocates will hold a press conference to call on Congress to act, a press release from Senator Murphy's office said.

"They will demand that Republicans and President Trump take substantive action to reduce gun violence and keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people," the release added.

"The Trump administration has shown some willingness to work on gun safety reforms, including the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, which U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced with Murphy and Blumenthal. Esty is a cosponsor of the House version."

Earlier in the week, Murdock appeared on the HAN Network's CT Pulse. She also spoke at a student-led rally in Ballard Park.

Her movement was featured on the front page of this week's Ridgefield Press.