Students to AZ Gov. Ducey: School safety plan does not do enough

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"We don't think it's enough. He says, 'school safety,' but we don't need school safety. We need gun reform," Jordan Harb, a high school junior, told our Dennis Welch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "We don't think it's enough. He says, 'school safety,' but we don't need school safety. We need gun reform," Jordan Harb, a high school junior, told our Dennis Welch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The young student activists leading the charge for stricter gun control laws in Arizona the governor’s plan, which has not been officially released, does not go far enough.

“We don’t think it’s enough. He says, ‘school safety,' but we don’t need school safety. We need gun reform,” Jordan Harb, a high school junior, told our Dennis Welch.

Harb spoke out a day after Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted about his plan to improve school safety.

“He's not including comprehensive background checks; he's not including a ban on bump stocks,” Harb said. “Instead he's just trying to tweet out these fluffy words in order to make himself not look like the bad person in this situation.”

Harb and fellow student Jacob Martinez organized a protest at the Arizona Capitol this week that ended with students occupying Ducey’s office for two hours.

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A day later, Ducey announced that he would move forward next on gun legislation that includes money to station more police offices on school campuses.

Both teens would prefer that money be used for school counselors to help troubled teens.

“Many shootings here in Arizona that happen in school are suicides,” Harb said. “Just two months ago a 14-year-old boy shot himself in a school bathroom in southern Arizona, and I'll tell you right now an SRO [school resource officer] or an armed teacher is not going to stop me from blowing my brains out.”

[READ MORE: Lockdown at Arizona elementary school after apparent suicide]

Ducey told Welch that he wants to take quick action on this legislation.

[READ MORE: Arizona students protest gun violence in meetings at Capitol]

[RELATED: AZ students join national conversation about gun violence with walkouts]

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