Following nationwide student walkouts this past week, North Bay Representative Jared Huffman visited Dominican University in San Rafael to urge students to continue calling for gun regulations.
Student leaders and activists from 15 public and private high schools and colleges across Marin and Sonoma and as far away as Mendocino attended the summit Sunday.
Huffman said the energy from young activists makes a difference, especially for elected officials who have been working for gun regulation for years without much progress.
“Many of us have been beating our heads against the wall of gun reform for years and getting nowhere. And along come these young people who are just speaking so eloquently and so emotionally. And they are changing the country and changing the world in ways that we can't,” he said.
Huffman told the students that they should register to vote, educate themselves about policy and not get distracted by President Trump's rhetoric.
“This is about celebrating and encouraging this amazing younger generation that is stepping up and giving voice to their concerns and aspirations,” he said. “It’s about how we can support them and work with them in what I hope will be an intergenerational and transformational coalition to bring some sanity to our gun laws.”