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Relatives of Parkland victims launch school safety group

Ryan Petty and Lori Alhadeff, whose two 14 year old daughters were killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Ryan Petty and Lori Alhadeff, whose two 14-year-old daughters were killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sixteen parents and other relatives of the 17 students and teachers killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre launched a national organization Thursday with the goal of turning their tragedy into a movement to champion bipartisan school safety measures.

"We really wished we didn't have to do this. Any of these families involved would give anything to be able to go and turn the clock back. ... We know this is a long haul. There's no quick solution. We understand that it's going to take all Americans to come together to try and solve the uniquely American problem. "
— Tony Montalto, who lost his daughter, Gina, told Axios

The details: The group, Stand with Parkland, will push for “practical” public safety policies in three key areas: school safety enhancements, mental health screening and support programs, and responsible firearms ownership.