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Parkland Students Visit L.A. to Continue Push for Gun Control, Voter Registration

David Hogg, center, listens to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, during a round table in Los Angeles on July 19, 2018. On the right is retired astronaut and gun-control activist Mark Kelly. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

David Hogg, center, listens to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, during a round table in Los Angeles on July 19, 2018. On the right is retired astronaut and gun-control activist Mark Kelly. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

The Parkland students — survivors of a February mass shooting in Florida — brought their activism to Los Angeles this week as they try to maintain momentum in their push for greater gun control at the local and national level.

The students, part of a recently formed organization called March for Our Lives, are on a bus tour to accelerate voter registration among young people.

“The lack of voter turnout is unacceptable,” said David Hogg, 18, one of the highest-profile student leaders, speaking at a Los Angeles event. “Voting is the best form of civil discourse that is out there.”

The group’s underlying agenda remains tighter gun controls, including banning assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines (which allow shooters to fire for long periods without reloading) and bump stocks (which convert semiautomatic weapons into rapid-fire guns).

Read the full story on LATimes.com.