Crowd gathers to remember Fla. shooting victims, calls for stricter gun laws

Published: Feb. 18, 2018 at 8:31 PM EST
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A crowd gathered on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University on Sunday evening to remember the 17 people killed last week in a shooting at a Florida high school.

Standing in front of a handgun display

, speakers mourned the loss of those in Parkland before directing their anger to politicians — including Representative Bob Goodlatte, who has received money from the National Rifle Association.

Joshua Lucas, a Harrisonburg High School student, said the lack of action is frustrating and that more needs to be done to prevent shootings.

"The fact that this happens, that it's allowed to happen, is just ridiculous," Lucas said. "We need to say and be heard that this is not okay."

Representatives from Rally the Valley, the group that organized the vigil, said if elected officials do not take action on gun control then they hope those law makers will promptly be voted out of office.