What You Can't Bring to the March for Our Lives
- Author: Regina Walsh Mar 24, 2018,
Mar 24, 2018, 14:13
"I'm not safe, people can walk in that school with an AR-15 and they can start shooting, and I have no protection", said Kevin Portinga, a junior at City High/Middle School in Grand Rapids.
The event's website says in its mission statement, "We can not allow one more child to be shot at school". That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013.
The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky sponsored the local group of students like Atherton High School senior Josh Ferguson.
As an offshoot of the "March for Our Lives" rally against gun violence takes place in Boston today, there will be another protest in the shadow of the State House made up of people who oppose gun regulations.
Still, she points out that she was born the year after the 1999 Columbine shooting and said school shootings have been a common occurrence in her lifetime. Organizers say they know it's been tried before.
It is expected to draw thousands of people to the nation's capital, including many high schoolers. It's part of a national, student-led protest called March For Our Lives.
At a federal level, modest gun control measures were included in the $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress this week.
A little wintry weather for the first full day of Spring
The normal highs for this time of year are in the mid-60s, with overnight lows in the lower 40s. Rising temperatures today helped shift the remains of any snow left over from the weekend.
"We are the change".
"No student should ever have to cover themselves with a deceased classmate to survive, but I was that student", shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond said.
"It's impossible", proclaimed Laatsch as she pointed out that there's always going to be a way for somebody to get in.
"We as older people need to support these young people. But some reason I really think this matters, because it involves kids". One student was wounded and another later died from her wounds after being shot Tuesday in southern Maryland; the 17-year old gunman was also killed.
"When we stand united, that's when things happen, that's historically how things change in America for the better", Capella graduate student Denise Hooks said.
The Cleveland rally in Public Square begins at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and the march begins at noon.
Since, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that raised the minimum age for buying rifles in Florida to 21, banned bump stocks, and established waiting periods and background checks.