Almost 100 citizens braved high winds and low temperatures Saturday morning, taking to the streets in a march to protest weak gun regulations and support students affected by school shootings.
Prior to departing the Democratic headquarters in Brookings, people — some of whom came from as far away as Port Orford — gathered in small groups to peruse the scores of names of those killed in the better-known school shootings in the past. Since 2012, there have been 239 mass shootings, defined as events in which more than four people were killed.
Bearing signs reading “Every Town for Gun Safety,” “Never Again” and “Vote like Your Life Depends on It,” the Indivisible 97415 group lead the protesters north to the pocket park at Hillside Avenue before heading farther north in pouring rain.
They were acknowledged by honking cars and people shouting encouragement.
Calla Felicity, chairman of local Democrats, called for sane regulations to prevent more mass shootings in America and encouraged youth to get involved in politics to make it happen.
The march was one of more than 450 March for Our Lives events held across the nation at state capitals and in Washington, D.C.; 1.2 million people were estimated to have participated in the largest youth march since those held during the Vietnam War, and the biggest to address gun control since the Million Mom March of 2000.
Protesters said they hope it will be the last one needed before politicians take action and address gun regulations, school safety and mental health in the U.S.
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