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WSW: Gun Violence "Doesn't Have To Happen"

Jake Fales

Kalamazoo Central High School senior Reuben Glasser says when everyone who was touched by gun violence was asked to raise their hands at Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” in Washington D.C. “It was hard to see" so many people affected. 

Glasser is one of the K-Central students behind the group Students for Gun Legislation. Four of the students traveled to the nation’s capital to take part in the march over the weekend. Glasser says gun violence doesn't have to happen is the right laws are in place

Students at Kalamazoo Central started an online petitioncalling for comprehensive, common sense gun legislation. Glasser says they are likely to hit or be near 300,000 signatures soon. But he says it’s what happens next that matters. Glasser says he believes acting quickly is more important than the number of signatures collected. He says it’s important to show lawmakers that there is support for new gun legislation, and urge action soon, while there is focus on the issue.

Glasser is 17, but will turn 18 in April, and says he will be voting in the mid-term elections. Glasser says if candidates don’t support comprehensive gun legislation “I don’t see my vote going to you.”

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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