After Texas school shooting, Minnesotans protest at the capitol demanding gun reform

Governor Mark Dayton is pleading lawmakers to pass a school safety bill.
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In wake of Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, Governor Mark Dayton is pleading state lawmakers to come together and pass his school safety bill in Minnesota. 

"This shooting underscores the imperative that the Minnesota Legislature pass my school safety proposals immediately and send them to me in a clean, stand-alone bill that I can sign, today," Dayton said in a statement

Dayton referenced a survivor of the shooting who said they weren't surprised because they "always felt like eventually it would happen" at their school. 

The Governor added that it's the state government's responsibility to "do everything possible" to keep school massacres from impacting Minnesota kids.

Dayton proposed a Safe and Secure Schools Act in March, a plan that would generate $15.9 million to enhance safety in schools throughout the state. The act would also use an additional $5 million in grants dedicated to better mental health services for students in need. 

But lawmakers have little time to get a bill on Dayton's desk before the legislative session ends on Monday.

Gun violence protest at the State Capitol

Protect Minnesota, a gun violence protection organization in Minnesota, has been at the State Capitol every day this week protesting gun violence, and is now planning a "LAST CHANCE TO SAVE LIVES RALLY" on Saturday at 12:30 p.m .on the steps of the capitol building.

"Don’t let them [lawmakers] get away with saying they ran out of time to pass sensible gun laws this year," Protect Minnesota said in a Facebook update. "Help us hold them accountable for putting the wealth of the gun lobby over the welfare of Minnesota students."

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