Sen. Chris Murphy spoke to students at Hillhouse High School in New Haven about ways to curb gun violence. (WFSB)

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) –

Connecticut’s junior senator held a gun control debate with students in New Haven.

Sen. Chris Murphy hosted the forum on gun violence and school safety Wednesday morning at Hillhouse High School.

He encouraged them to get involved and went on to say that they have the power to change laws.

Murphy said he hoped the movement that came out of the Parkland, FL school shooting will inspire other young people.

”Knowing that there are all these students, all these young people across the country who are going to demand that if Congress doesn’t fix this, there going to put a new Congress in makes me feel like we might be on the verge of doing something very important," he said.

Students said the survivors of the Parkland shooting moved them.

"It affected me to at least try and do something because they’re also around my age or even younger and they’re doing a lot more," said Kevin Juarez, a senior at Hillhouse High School.

Last week, Congress passed a spending bill, the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, with provisions for a plan proposed by Murphy.

The Fix NCIS Act calls for rewarding states that conduct more thorough background checks on potential gun owners.

Murphy said it represents a starting point for Congress to finally debate a more comprehensive set of bipartisan measures.

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