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On Saturday, March 24, people gathered in Washington, D.C. and in cities around the world in a “March for our lives” to take a stand against gun violence in the United States. One such march took place not far from BYU-Idaho in the city of Idaho Falls.
A crowd of parents, children, and students stretching several city blocks marched through Idaho Falls, waving signs and shouting statements such as “Keep our children safe” and “Protect our right to live”.
Participants from all walks of life shared their reasons for marching.
Sydney Olivera is a 19-year-old college student from Idaho falls who said “I’m marching because kids shouldn’t be afraid to school,” and explained that her nine-year-old sister has been asking if she could get shot while in school.
“We’re not going to give up,” Oliveira said. “We’re going to keep having marches, and we’re here to say to the government, we’re not going to stop until something changes.”
Romone Salaso from Idaho Falls marched with his wife and one-year-old son. He has siblings across the country who also marched.
“We just want our kid to have a future where he doesn’t have to worry about this kind of stuff,” Salaso said. “We want him to live in a society where he can aspire to greater things instead of worrying.”
At the end of the march, people gathered together and took time to remember the students and teachers who have died in school shootings. Multiple speakers asked those participating to call their local congressmen and encourage them to make changes to current gun regulations, receiving cheers from the crowd each time.
Many participants in the march acknowledged that they, like many others in Idaho, are gun owners, but were marching for stricter gun regulations.
One small group of four people made their way to the final location for the march in a counter-protest. Two were carrying AR-15 rifles, the same kind of gun that was used in the Parkland massacre, according to Reuters. Each was carrying a flag.
“We’re marching for gun rights,” said Wesley Anderson, an Idaho Falls resident. “Understand that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. People have been killing each other for centuries before we had guns.”
Anderson explained that, while he is sorry for the loss of all those who have been affected by school shootings, he hopes that he can help people see that guns are not to blame.
Another counter-protester, who asked to remain anonymous said “If it weren’t for those guns, those (marching) wouldn’t have the right to do what they’re doing.”
Although they stood on different sides, both physically and politically, protestors from both groups expressed their desire to have an open and civil conversation about gun laws in the United States.
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