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Parents of Parkland shooting victims in WI to combat gun violence

RACINE (WISN) — Parents of two Parkland, Florida school shooting victims are visiting Wisconsin as part of their push to end gun violence in America.

17 people died in the February attack at Stoneman Douglas High School, including Joaquin Oliver and Jamie Guttenberg.

Their fathers spoke to a crowd in Racine, saying one solution, is to vote.

“This is going to keep on happening, a hundred people will die today and another hundred will die tomorrow and again and again and again so we need to do something to stop that,” said Manuel Oliver, Joaquin’s father.

“Maybe we could’ve done something and she’d be with us today,” said Fred Guttenberg, about his daughter.

The speeches were part of a campaign event for democratic Congressional candidate Randy Bryce.

Bryce’s Republican opponent Bryan Steil says in response, “We can defend our 2nd Amendment rights and make our communities safer by enforcing the laws that are on the books.”

Steil is set to appear in Janesville Monday morning to talk about a farming initiative.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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