March For Our Lives tour stops in Philly to advocate for gun safety

Justin Udo
August 07, 2018 - 9:04 pm
During the March For Our Lives Road to Change town hall tour, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke of their experiences during the shooting and why they are advocating for gun reform.

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SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gun safety took center stage at Universal Charter School Tuesday night, where teen survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting met with local students.

During the March For Our Lives Road to Change town hall tour, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke of their experiences during the shooting and why they are advocating for gun reform.

"Last February, I lost one of my best friends, Joaquin Oliver, who was 17 years old," said Jammal Lemy, "and he was gunned down in the place where he just thought he'd get his education and go home. "

Lemy said it is now his mission to push for gun safety.

"The people that I lost will never get to experience the things that I'm so blessed to experience," he added, "so I knew that if I had the chance to speak out or if I had a platform that I wouldn't want another day to go by without me speaking on this gun violence and trying to work and fix this senseless gun violence in our country."

During the event, attendees also were able to register to vote.