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Most Support Assault Rifle Restrictions During Sacramento High School Gun Violence Forum

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Roughly 300 people attended a gun-violence forum at at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento on March 9, 2018, where some voiced fears about school shootings, and many supported restrictions on assault weapons.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

About 300 students and teachers, plus Congresswoman Doris Matsui, were at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento for a gun-violence forum on Friday afternoon.

Several voiced their fears of something like the shooting in Parkland, Florida, happening in their community — and offered solutions. The most popular sentiment involved restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and accessories.

Bob Badal supported a ban. "I would like to see assault weapons completely banned illegal in this country,” he said. “I have two guns and two shotguns at home. I'm not against people having guns."

As to the question of the best response when a shooter is on campus, few attendees favored armed teachers. Mimi Budd said law enforcement with training on active shooter scenarios could be an option.

"That I find less frightening than the thought we're arming teachers. I'd need to know more about it. But, that sounds a little more agreeable to me,” she said.

Some students at the high school plan to participate in a 17-minute walkout on Wednesday.

The Sacramento City Unified School District says it is working with schools to prepare for walkouts.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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