Published: Jul 02, 2014 11:49 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 03, 2014 1:24 AM EDT

TALLAHASSE, Fla. - Gun Control supporters delivered 28,000 petitions to Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday. People who've been touched by tragedy including the family of a Sandy Hook shooting victim lead the group.


"Kids lives are at stake in elementary school, in high school and college kids are dying" said Richard Martinez.


In May his 20-year old son, Michael, was killed in a shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. "I didn't do anything until my son got killed, right? Well I'm telling you, don't wait till your kids get killed."


Martinez delivered 28,000 petitions to Governor Scott hoping to send a powerful message."We're asking people to support local, state, and federal candidates who will fight for common sense laws to reduce gun violence."


But Martinez knows calling for tougher gun-control laws in Florida isn't easy. WINK News has reported on the state's new laws which include the right to fire a warning if you feel threatened and an easier application process for a concealed weapons permit.


"It's horrible and frustrating" said Erin Lafferty. Her mother was among the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012.


"There's a person killed every 17 minutes by a gun. It's been over 8 months since my mom was killed so do the math that's a ton of people."