Sen. Kaine addresses school safety with local students


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A group of students is pressuring lawmakers to do something about gun control in the wake of recent school shootings.

The demand has caught the attention of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who held a meeting with them Friday to address school safety.

Norfolk students sent Kaine dozens of letters expressing their concern about recent school shootings. Kaine, in turn, Skyped with the students at Granby High School and took their questions about steps to reduce gun violence.

“My question was why is gun violence such a hard topic to talk about and he said basically because you can’t pinpoint what we can do about gun violence because there’s already so many laws that protect guns in our country,” said Jelani Byfield, a junior.

Other questions revolved around mental illness, gun bans, and what his take was on arming teachers.

“It shows them writing to your senators, being a part of what happens in your country matters, and your voice matters,” said government teacher, Veronica Callahan.

Kaine expressed his plans, including proposed legislation he supports to take certain guns off the streets and push for universal background checks.

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