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March for Our Lives participants call for gun reform to protect schools: ‘My kids don’t feel safe’


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WASHINGTON DC—March for Our Lives participants told Fox News Digital what they want to see happen to make schools safer for children after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, saying the change had to start in Washington.

Several of the attendees who spoke with Fox Digital worked in education. Susan, a teacher from Montgomery County, Maryland who supports gun control legislation, listed some of the specific items she would like to see passed in Congress.

“I think the best step is for lawmakers to pass gun control legislation so schools can do what schools are supposed to do, which is teach kids,” he said. she declared.

“I believe in banning all assault type weapons,” she continued. “But if that’s not possible in the current congressional climate, I believe in expanded licensing regulations, increasing the minimum age for purchases, waiting times for purchases, and just a lot more scrutiny on who can have firearms and how they store them, and how they can use them.”

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Another rally fan from McLean, Va., who also works at a school, said the United States was “really wrong” about guns. Asked what schools can do to protect students, she also pointed the finger at lawmakers.

“I’m more concerned about what the government should do,” the participant said. “I think schools are doing a lot of things in their power to protect children. We are all in school because we care about children.”

“I wish it was as difficult to have a gun as it is to have a driver’s license or many other types of regulated licenses [things]”, she continued. “I think it’s an absolutely appropriate thing to regulate, as much as other things, like abortion, or driver’s licenses, or other things like that.

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Melanie from Arlington, Va., attended the rally with her family, carrying a sign that read “The Gun Lobby Makes a Massacre on Gun Sales.”

She spoke out in favor of universal background checks. She was one of many participants who also stood up for the Red Flag laws, which prohibit people the government determines to be mentally ill or pose a threat to public safety from having firearms.

People attend the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“My kids don’t feel safe,” Melanie said, adding that she was emotional. “They were afraid to come here today. They were afraid someone would target the march itself. And I think it’s a scary place for our kids growing up, and I think something has to give. “

Danielle, from Virginia, who wore a Moms Demand Action t-shirt, said it was “crazy” to her that 18-year-olds could buy assault rifles but not alcohol.

“And I believe assault rifles should be 21 years old to get them,” she said. “You can’t legally buy beer at 18, but you can buy assault rifles, and that just seems crazy to me. And I want to change that. I want red flag laws and I want sensible gun reform.”

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When asked how to keep children safe in schools, she replied “by raising the age limit for assault rifles to 21”.

Erin of Silver Spring, Maryland, a midwife for 30 years, said she was “horrified at the way life is being taken out of the world, that babies are being murdered in their classrooms”.

“Instead of learning at their desks, kids have to hide under their desks,” she said, while wearing a sixth anniversary t-shirt from the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“The best way to protect children in schools is to regulate guns,” she agreed with other participants. “That if people had to get a license for any weapon, if they had to go through training on any weapon, if they had to be assessed for their mental capacity to use that weapon correctly, then our children don’t They wouldn’t die. At least they wouldn’t die in numbers like they are.”

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Erin advocated for funding for mental health promotion efforts, but said, “It’s not people with mental illness who are the big problem. It’s guns.”

As well as promoting the passage of red flag laws, she wanted to see the introduction of a national registry and, if it was not possible to ban assault rifles, at least to have them fired. .

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Navin, from Washington, DC, said “on the sidelines” there are things schools can do to protect students.

“But as long as people can access guns that easily, I don’t think it will matter much,” he said. “Doesn’t really deal with the real problem.

President Biden has called on Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthen background checks, enact safe storage and red flag laws, and repeal gun manufacturers .


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