Montgomery County high school students talk school safety, gun violence with lawmakers

Montgomery County high school students talk school safety, gun violence with lawmakers (ABC7)

Students from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School shared the stage Tuesday night with multiple Members of Congress to talk about school safety and gun reform in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting.

“This is terrorism. It’s not just gun violence. It’s terrorism. We need to call it terrorism. I just don’t see why any civilian needs an assault rifle," said senior Sophie Cobb.

The abiding sentiment—this unspeakable loss of life ignited a student-led gun reform movement undeterred in their efforts to enact change.

"I think it’s made an incredible difference with our colleagues," Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said.

"To hear them say that the students really are making a difference and are really key to making a change motivates me even more and motivates me for the future," said Cobb.

“This is not a 30-day fight. The is not a two-month fight. This is a long battle," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said.

Cobb helped organize tonight's event and is looking forward to Wednesday’s National Student Walkout when students across the country will walk out of school for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost last month at Florida.

In fact, Cobb and many students at the high school are taking their activism one step further by traveling to D.C. Wednesday morning where they will turn their backs on the White House for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. then march to the US Capitol for a rally.

All of these events are leading up to what some believe will be a massive rally and protest in the nation's capital, when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the March for Our Lives on March 24.

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