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Florida school shooting sparks conversation, many look to elected officials

The Florida school shooting that took place on Wednesday has many people talking.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 4:35 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2018 6:50 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Florida school shooting that took place on Wednesday has many people talking.

Many people right here in the Wabash Valley want action, and they want it now.

Maryanne Jenkins is from Terre Haute. She says this shooting has made her question many things.

"I don't understand why people have to have weapons that are so destructive," said Jenkins.

In this day and age, people like to share their thoughts and opinions on social media.

It's easy, simple, and right in front of you.

However, is that the best way to make a change?

Jenkins says we should be looking at who is representing us.

"We really should see how all of our representatives and senators are voting," said Jenkins.

Some just believe laws need to be changed.

"We need to make it much more difficult for people to obtain those types of weapons. We're not talking about a single shot rifle," said Will Hine, Terre Haute resident.

Elected officials tell us they want and need to hear from you.

It's important to give them your opinion so they can make the right decisions for our community.

"At the end of the day we elect them. If we don't like something, we've got to get out and voice our opinions to change. If we don't, then the status quo is going to be the status quo. Nothing's going to change," said Dylan Smith, Terre Haute resident.

The first step is to find out who represesnt you for where you live.

Then, reach out to them and share your thoughts.

The key is, if you have something to say, say it to someone that can work to make the change.

News 10 has created a list of some elected officials you can reach out to with opinions or questions.

Indiana:

Congressman Larry Buschon:
https://bucshon.house.gov/

Senator Jon Ford:
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Ford@iga.in.gov

Senator Todd Young:
Young.senate.gov
DC office number: 202-224-5623
Indianapolis office number: 317-226-6700

Illinois: 

State Senator Dale Righter:
88 Broadway Ave.
Suite 1
Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 235-6033

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