Parkland survivor speaks at Southern CT State University on gun violence

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Parkland survivor speaks at Southern CT State University on gun violence

David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, spoke Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday night about gun violence

Hogg took the stage at the John Lyman Center for Performing Arts at Southern CT University about gun violence.

Hogg spoke to News 8 earlier Tuesday night about his mission, and the purpose for visiting college communities like Southern.

Related: UConn marching band pays tribute to victim of Parkland school shooting

Hogg was one of the students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February. 17 people were killed in that incident. 

Hogg co-founded the “March For Our Lives” movement. 

Representatives with Southern’s College Republicans set up a table outside of Hogg’s speech, saying they support the second amendment and there are two sides to every story. 

Hogg says gun violence isn’t a partisan issue. He says it’s an issue of safety.

“I hope people realize we shouldn’t wait for another mass shooting or for the next person on the street corner to be killed. We shouldn’t wait for any other instance of gun violence to take action, We need to take action today or tomorrow somebody doesn’t die”, Hogg says. 

“There are two sides to every story and I totally respect them agreeing with David Hogg’s message. I have nothing against it, but i’m just here as a concerned Republican wanting to promote the second amendment”, says Sarah O’Connor, President of the College Republicans at SCSU. 

Students in Parkland Florida walked out of class Tuesday, demanding they feel safe in school.

The suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 20, was also in court Turday. He faces the death penalty if convicted. 

Related: Students from Newtown, Parkland march together against gun violence

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