PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Two years ago, Jacob Martinez staged dramatic protests at the state Capitol and demanded government action to prevent school shootings as part of the student-led March for Our Lives movement.
Now he's at the Capitol working with state lawmakers to prevent school shootings like the one that happened Thursday in California.
"Really, it's just sad because these are young people who are just trying to get an education," Martinez said after news of school shooting that left two dead and three others injured.
Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, a Republican from Phoenix, is one of the lawmakers working with Martinez to curb school violence.
The proposal she is crafting gives schools more resources to shore up security on campus and provide more mental health assistance to students and their families.
"You want to better understand what's going on in the hearts and minds of the students who may be compelled to create mass violence against others or injure themselves," she said.
But the proposal will not include any gun control measures.
Gov. Doug Ducey attempted to include so-called "red flag laws" in a school safety package a couple of years ago.
Red Flag laws give law enforcement the power to take guns away from those who are deemed to be a threat to the public or themselves.
Pressure from local gun rights lobbyists killed the governor's proposal, claiming it would have violated the constitutional rights of gun owners.
Any gun control measure would likely be met with strong resistance given the current ideological makeup of the state Legislature.
Martinez said he will get what he can take right now and wait for tougher gun laws later.
"I think it's a good start. I think eventually we need to revisit all of the gun legislation and really work towards getting that passed in the state."