Just days ago, teenagers hid in their classrooms and saw their friends and beloved teachers die when a former student opened fire with an AR-15 at a high school in Parkland Florida.
Those images and the faces of the 17 victims are weighing heavily on many at this town hall meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Senator Ed Markey came right out of the gate, calling out the National Rifle Association, saying he’ll fight even harder for stricter gun control legislation.
"Which will turn the NRA into not relevant anymore," says Markey.
Many in the crowd, also wondering how another mass shooting can be prevented from happening again in this country.
As politicians have offered thoughts and prayers, the survivors are responding with impassioned pleas to do more. Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer believes real change could happen this time around.
"Keep chiseling away at all of these protections, and when enough people say enough is enough, change will happen," says Spicer.
While Senator Markey discussed a range of other issues including immigration, climate change, and net neutrality. He left the audience with the promise of a critical push for gun control.
"We are going to have to force a historic debate on gun control on the floor of the United States Senate this year," says Markey.
The teens who survived the Florida school shooting are now organizing a national march next month, demanding stricter gun control.