One of the most gun-friendly states in the country could take its first steps this week to protect our schools from gun violence.

Thousands of Arizona high school students will be watching.

On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to reveal what he labels a "school safety plan." He shared a rough outline with me early last week and filled in more details in a tweetstorm later in the week.

No matter what Ducey does, the pressure from those high school students won't let up.

The two student organizers of next Saturday's March for Our Lives rally at the Capitol- 16-year-olds Samantha Lekberg of Surprise and Jordan Harb of Mesa - joined me on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off."

We discussed their day-to-day fears at school, why more school counselors are part of the solution, and how they manage the rally while taking classes.

Also on this weekend's "Square Off":

  • Does a Pennsylvania Democrat's victory in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points give hope to Democrats running in Arizona? I talked to Arizona State University professor Heather Ross, one of three Democrats hoping to unseat four-term Republican Congressman David Schweikert in the northeast Valley's Sixth Congressional District. Republicans hold a large registration advantage, but President Trump won the district by just 10 points in 2016.
  • The Arizona Republic's Ryan Randazzo explains why APS is trying to squash a voter initiative that would require the utility to boost its reliance on renewable energy sources.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey's business pals have spent $1 million on TV ads to polish his image as the education governor. We'll tell you why his boosters had to take down a new TV ad.

"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after "Meet the Press."

Fears of gun violence plague students

The two student organizers of next Saturday's March for Our Lives Rally at the Capitol share their fears about gun violence at school, and explain why more school counselors is part of the solution.

Can Arizona Dems duplicate Pennsylvania upset?

An Arizona State University professor is one of three Democrats hoping to unseat four-term GOP Congressman David Schweikert.

Why APS is squashing clean-energy vote

The Arizona Republic's Ryan Randazzo explains why APS is trying to squash a statewide vote that would require the utility to boost its reliance on renewable energy.

Pro-Ducey education group takes down TV ad

Why Gov. Doug Ducey's business boosters took down a new TV ad that cited a 12 News story.