Arizona gun control activists call for action at vigil

Staff Writer

PHOENIX (AP) — Yamile Martinez choked back tears as she talked about the life of Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School last week. She never knew the teenager who died more than 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) away, but Martinez wept over the reality that Fisher would never go to prom, or head off to college.
"Her dream was to be an artist," Martinez said.
Martinez was among the Phoenix-area students who spoke about the Santa Fe victims during a March for Our Lives Arizona vigil. The candlelight ceremony drew about 150 students, parents and community members with a twofold goal — to commemorate the lives of the latest killed in their classrooms and reiterate a push from Democratic lawmakers urging Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special session to address gun violence.
Lawmakers ended their session earlier this month without passing Ducey's proposed school safety legislation. His plan would increase mental and behavioral health resources for schools, and add school resource officers. It would also create a new way to petition courts to prevent a dangerous individual from accessing guns...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.