Town hall on gun violence coincides with others across country

Town Hall for Our Lives Georgia is made up of people who want to come together with elected politicians to have face-to-face conversations about gun reform.

ATLANTA — Concerned students for gun reform hosted a town hall Saturday night to voice their concerns straight to lawmakers.

The town hall discussion at Atlanta’s Rialto Center was held in conjunction with many others across the country.

What made the town hall unique is it was put together by students. They created a Facebook page to help get the word out that they want their voices heard.

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Channel 2's Lauren Pozen was at the Town Hall for Our Lives Georgia, where students wanted to keep the conversation about gun reform front and center.

“It is really easy to lose momentum. The marches are really exciting. Then the next week, month, it’s easy for people to not show up,” student Sean King said.


This demand for action from students comes after multiple school shootings, including the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

“They are driving the bus and we are guiding and navigating we are their GPS but they are the drivers,” state Rep. Kim Schofield said. 

Pozen watched on as two panels, comprised of elected officials, took questions from students. 

The timing of the town hall coincides with the return of lawmakers to Washington, D.C. after their two-week district work period. 

Rep. John Lewis pledged his support to tighten gun laws. 

“It doesn’t make sense for hundreds and thousands of people, especially young people, children, students, to live in fear of gun violence. We have to stop the madness,” Lewis told the audience.  

Students told Pozen they too won’t stop fighting until change happens. 

“We are the future. We are what is going to change the world,” King said.

Students told Pozen even though they may not be of voting age, that won't stop them from getting involved in politics, so they can be a part of the change they want to see.