KOMO- About 100 high school students in Washington state rallied inside the State Capitol on Tuesday in support of gun safety legislation currently being debated by State Senators, and to remind
lawmakers that going to school now is different from a generation ago. “My learning is being disrupted by the constant fear in the back of my mind,” said one student addressing the crowd. The
students where there in support of SB 6620, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. David Frockt of Seattle. But, some Republicans object to raising the legal age limit, especially State Sen. Phil Fortunato
of Auburn, who has been pushing for gun training for school staff. “If you are 18 years old, are you an adult or not?” Sen. Fortunato asked rhetorically. “If you are too stupid to buy a gun at 18, you are
too stupid to vote, so what is it?" But Frockt’s bill has been loaded down with amendments and may stall out before the legislative session ends on Thursday.
One of those amendments comes from Fortunato. It would set aside state funding for school districts choosing to have active shooting training done with a professional instructor. He said school
districts are training themselves. “That’s like having a teacher fix a car, you don't have a teacher fix the car you have a mechanic,” said Sen. Fortunato. “You have people who know how to do armed
response.” Fortunato has been promoting his own bill that would fund gun training for teachers and school staff. Gov. Inslee thinks that’s a bad idea.
“The law enforcement community says it doesn't make sense because it takes about six months to really train a person on how to respond to a shooting situation,” said Gov. Inslee.
The students chanted “No more silence, end gun violence" and “Vote now, Don’t wait” as lawmakers walked by their rally on Tuesday.
Johna Munsen, a senior at Ingraham High School in Seattle said she can’t wait to graduate. “Because everyday it becomes more likely to experience gun violence in my school," she said.