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West Michigan students want Bill Huizenga to talk about gun control

Apr 10, 2018

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Some high school students in West Michigan want U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga to speak about gun violence.

A student-led group concerned with gun violence released a video today asking the Republican Huizenga to address the issue at a town hall.

Reuben Glasser, a high school senior in Muskegon and co-founder of Students For Gun Legislation, says his group sent the Republican congressman several questions about gun violence in schools last month.

“Rep. Huizenga gave a quite, for lack of a better term, pathetic response to the questions. Instead of responding to the concerns of his residents, he talked about how he is hearing from us,” Glasser said.

Huizenga’s response to the students doesn’t even mention gun violence. But the congressman says he is willing to speak to the students.

In a statement, Brian Patrick, a spokesman for Huizenga, says the congressman has met with school administrators from some Muskegon schools about hosting a town hall on gun control.

Students For Gun Legislation wants stricter background checks for people purchasing firearms, says Glasser.

“Many individuals in private dealerships say they don’t do background checks and states don’t need them to,” he said.

The Republican congressman has a history of opposing gun control and has even called gun rights a priority of his.