“We aren’t stopping until thoughts are replaced with action, and prayers replaced with laws.”

That was the response from Saint Louis Park High School junior Eva Goldfarb, as Governor Mark Dayton renewed his call for criminal background checks for all firearms sales; a ban on the sale of assault weapons to anyone under age 21; and allowing judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms if a person is a threat to themselves or others.

Republicans are resistant, and Goldfarb said, “They don’t even want to talk about it, much less act on it, which is really shameful.”

Gun rights advocates say data show background checks do nothing to deter mass shootings. They say trained, armed teachers are the best way to stop perpetrators. Governor Dayton opposes any expansion of current law, which allows concealed-carry in schools under some circumstances.