(Springfield, Mo.--02/21/18) It's been a week since a gunman opened fire killing 17 students and teachers at a South Florida high school.
FOX5 spoke to a local organization where concerned parents are saying enough is enough.
It seems like everyone, from politicians to parents, is weighing in on last week's mass shooting in Florida. One local woman says the country needs to do better and she plans to help lead the change.
"Our kids go through so much now a days with a possibility of a school shooting hanging over them. Right now our legislators have done nothing more than making their students and teachers the frontline for any kind of assault," explains Local Lead, Springfield's Chapter for Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense.
Knapp is hoping to have dozens of people attend it’s monthly new membership meeting this week. Where moms, dads, and allies alike will learn how to get involved in putting pressure on politicians to change gun laws.
"We’ve protected our kids our whole lives and we’ve been interested in making sure that they’re safe, that they get a good education and that their lives are not stopped by a stray bullet and for some reason it seems to really energized moms."
One concern for Knapp is how easy it can be for someone like Nicholas Cruz, the Florida high school shooter, to be able to obtain a gun.
"Moms Demand Action is not wanting to get people’s guns or ban things. We believe that we need to better control the access of dangerous people to guns."
With a chapter in every state and growing more than 75,000 members since the tragic South Flordia shooting, Knapp says the organization supports the second amendment, but thinks there should be stronger gun laws and policies to keep people safe.
"We believe that along with gun ownership comes responsibility and so we feel that we can work towards solutions that are responsible while supporting and respecting the second amendment."
The Springfield chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 22 at the Library Center. The meeting is open to all members of the public who are interested in learning about the organization and volunteer opportunities.
At Thursday’s meeting, Moms Demand Action volunteers will update attendees on legislative initiatives and discuss the Springfield chapter’s upcoming actions, including support of the local March for Our Lives scheduled for Mar. 24 at the Springfield public square.
The public is invited to attend Thursday’s meeting, but space is limited. The hosts encourage attendees to RSVP on the Events page of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America website: