Kasich praises young people fighting for gun reform

Kasich praises young people fighting for gun reform
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday praised the young people advocating for gun reform measures following the Florida school shooting in February.

"What I hope is going to happen is, we will make some steps. And young people, the millennials, the Gen Xers are saying, 'Look, we have heard enough. Deliver something. Deliver something. We don't want all these excuses. Deliver something,' " Kasich told CNN's "State of the Union."

Kasich during the interview commended the young activists for not wanting to hear why enacting gun reform is politically tough.

"And I — frankly, they put it to me every once in a while. And I try to explain to them the politics of why it's so difficult. They don't want to hear it. And you know what? Good for them. Bully for them. I love them," Kasich said. "I love the way that they're saying, let's do the art of the impossible, rather than the art of the possible."

The governor's remarks come as the high school survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting have spoken out for stricter gun laws.

"And the more they push, the better chance we have of getting something done to have greater gun safety and better protection for everybody in our country," Kasich said of the young advocates. 

Kasich several days ago unveiled new proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in his state, including improved background checks and a law providing a recourse to take a dangerous person’s weapons.

“We want to make sure that we can bring greater safety to the state, but at the same time not frightening people who believe very strongly in their ability to practice the Second Amendment,” Kasich said during a news conference.