JEFFERSON CITY — In the wake of the most recent school shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday, Moms Demand Action — a gun safety advocacy group — made plans to continue its push against new gun legislation in Missouri. 

In the group's meeting on Thursday night in Calvary Episcopal Church, members of the Columbia chapter discussed their most important task at hand: stopping House Bill 1936 from passing. 

HB 1936, if passed, would allow concealed weapons to be carried on public college campuses, private property and sports stadiums, among other places where firearms are currently prohibited in Missouri.

"It is so important that we honor the people who were killed in Florida with action," Kristin Bowen, the head of Moms Demand Action in Columbia, said to the gathering of more than 50 people. 

Bowen is a mother of two and said that dealing with the tragedy of the recent shooting was very difficult for her. "It's really hard as a parent to look at your kids and know what to say in that situation," she said. 

Bowen believes allowing concealed carry into places which she labeled as "vulnerable" is a big mistake.

On Feb. 20, members of Moms Demand Action from all over Missouri will meet at the state Capitol to lobby against House Bill 1936. Around 200 members are expected to show up. 

Members of the group come from many political backgrounds. However, they all share a similar goal.

"This isn't just about one bill winning or losing. We are looking to end gun violence and save lives," Bowen said. 

Moms Demand Action's next meeting is March 15. 

Supervising editor is Dylan Jackson.

  • Public life reporter for fall 2018. I am a junior studying international journalism and Spanish. Reach me at slm3h6@mail.missouri.edu or (417)-597-2008.

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