Wednesday will mark one month since stark images were seared into the American psyche of frightened teens forever changed after watching their friends gunned down around them on their Florida campus.

“It’s time to get the talking heads to zip it and let the people who are actually experiencing these situations lead the debate and lead the national consciousness because they know what happened. They know the fear of a school shooting,” said Maya Steinhart, a junior at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School and a member of the student council there.

Stepping through the fear of their Parkland peers and some they shared after threats made at their own school, students like Steinhart are among hundreds in California who will leave class Wednesday to honor the lives lost.

Students across the nation will walk out for 17 minutes, one minute each for the 17 lives lost to gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen minutes to demand that laws governing guns change.

Steinhart says California’s laws should be an example.

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