By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — More than 100 people marched Saturday from The 400 Block in downtown Wausau to the office of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, part of a nationwide effort to demand stricter gun laws and end gun violence.

March for our Lives is a movement led by survivors of the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting. Students and families are marching in Washington, D.C. with sibling marches organized in solidarity around the country. More than 800 protests are taking place in every American state and on every continent except for Antarctica, according to a website set up by organizers

The mission statement on the organizers’ website calls for “a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.”

The student activists also hope to elevate gun control as a key issue in the coming midterm elections, and to build support for candidates with whom they are aligned on issues such as universal background checks and bans on assault-style weapons.

In Florida, the students’ activism helped spur a newly passed law that raises the minimum age for gun purchases and creates a waiting period for buying guns, among other things, but does not ban assault weapons or strengthen background checks.

On Saturday, the White House said in a statement, “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.”

Counterprotests in support of gun rights were planned in cities including Salt Lake City, Greenville, S.C., and Helena, Mont.

4 replies on “Local crowd gathers for rally against gun violence”

  1. John,

    Thanks so much for sharing the video. The governor makes perfect sense. And the anti-gun woman (not an independent nonpartisan consultant) who asked question surely did not get the response she expected, the old harpy.

    The parents of today’s high schoolers have disenfranchised themselves from raising their children and placed it in the hands of the nanny state. This has caused the children to lose their moral compass, so they drift across the social media ocean being blown in any direction the current fad takes them.

    To many children have been given so many “Partication Trophies” they cannot handle actually losing. Thus, they strike out at what theysee as an unjust world.

    Parents need to take they children back from the Nanny State and begin raising them in a manner which teaches compassion from they fellow human beings. It will be a long process, but His has to begin somewhere.

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