Marjory Stoneman Douglas students descend on Florida capitol

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Less than a week after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, dozens of Parkland students descended on the Florida State Capitol Monday, voicing their concerns about gun control.

The students have already had sit-down meetings with several lawmakers. About 40 students were up early Monday morning, meeting first with Senator Thurston. They say they are ready to talk, ready to listen and ready for change.

The students came prepared with a checklist, asking each lawmaker where they stand on different issues, such as 'will you support to close gun show loopholes?'

Students are also voicing their own stances. Several students said during the meeting with Thurston that having armed teachers does not make them feel any safer.

Students says these meetings happening Tuesday and Wednesday are really about having these difficult conversations. The students saying that it's up to them to take action.

Sheryl Acquaroli, a junior at Stoneman Douglas said, "It's like Vietnam. When everything was happening, the adults didn't take any measures-- it was students. It was students who took measures, it was students who protested, it was students who made rallies and the same thing is happening now. And just like Vietnam, we are not going to give up."

Some of the other lawmakers on the list include Senator Kathleen Pasidomo, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, and Senator Kelli Stargel.

The common message every student told Gray affiliate WCTV, is that they are not backing down until they see real change happen.

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