CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students, parents, teachers and area leaders are coming together in the wake of a deadly school shooting to pressure lawmakers into action.
Demonstrators gathered in downtown Charleston Monday afternoon in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting where police say a gunman identified as a former student killed 17.
They say they want stricter gun control laws and are insisting "no more excuses" for any delays, saying they are tired of waking up to the news of school shootings and they say something has to be done.
Earlier in the day, several groups held a news conference outside North Charleston City Hall demanding changes.
"Military style weaponry does not need to be in the hands of civilians," Maryl Chapman with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said. "We demand background checks on all guns sold in the country."
"Our community is angry," Pastor Thomas Dixon, co-founder of The Coalition, said. "Our state is angry and our nation is angry as our children go to school in fear that on any given day, going to school could be a death sentence for them."
The rally comes on the same day the 19-year-old suspect in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made his first court appearance.