WATCH: Ridgefield students discuss concerns gun violence, mass shootings
When Ridgefield High School students walk out in mass demonstration against gun violence on April 20, they hope the whole world will see kids who have grown up and are not afraid to take charge.
That the message RHS sophomore Lane Murdock delivered during an hour-long press conference in Hartford Friday, Feb. 23.
The founder of the National School Walkout movement spoke at the rally, which organized was by Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal. The conference also featured speeches from Murdock's RHS peers, seniors Max Cumming and Paul Kim.
“I have a vision where on April 20 we will see the largest student protest in the history of the United States,” Kim said. “I also have a vision that students will never again lay dead on the floor as a result of gun violence.”
“Demand that they take action and represent you in Washington and pass laws that protect you and your peers," added Cumming, speaking directly to the youth of America.
Mark Barden, the father of a boy slain in the Sandy Hook massacre, to supporters who packed into the conference room at the Legislative Office Building.
“Here we are again trying to figure this out,” Barden said. “I am sick of this. I am sick of trying to figure this out.”
Watch the full press conference here or by clicking the link below.
'The country is waking up'
Murphy started his speech noting that, in America, an average of 90 people a day die of gunshots and a school shooting happens every three days.
Feeling empowered by the students taking charge beside, the senator said, “Something different is happening because of the courage of victims, of victims’ families and students —the country is waking up.”
Blumenthal added that he and Murphy would support stronger national firearms background checks, among other preventative measures to help prevent future school shootings.
“Every one of these tragedies helps break the wall of resistance and crack the ice of indifference that has paralyzed Congress,” Blumenthal said “There is a rising level of anger and outrage in America about gun violence, and it is being driven by young people in the streets.”