Students rally in opposition to gun violence in Paul Ryan’s town
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin students who took their demonstration in opposition to gun violence on the street attained their vacation spot Wednesday — Property Speaker Paul Ryan’s dwelling turf.
About 50 pupils established out Sunday from Madison on their “50 Miles Extra” march. They achieved their vacation spot in Janesville and shown in a park for stricter gun legislation. Ryan, a Republican who has opposed gun limits, is in the Czech Republic on an formal pay a visit to and was not there when the marchers arrived.
The march arrived extra than a thirty day period just after a gunman killed 17 learners and staff customers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Substantial College in Parkland, Florida.
Bea Windorski reported she marched simply because gun violence “has an effect on every solitary American, primarily the college students of The usa. Enough is enough.”
The pupils carried indicators looking through “No additional silence! End gun violence” and “Books not bullets,” and they chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has obtained to go.”
Just one supporter took the podium throughout the demonstration and broke down in tears.
“I am standing right here so my voice is heard. We are all standing right here so our voices will be heard. And if Paul Ryan and other politicians refuse, then we will just take our voices to the voting booth in November,” claimed Maria Mendoza, a march supporter.
Katie Eder, a single of the march organizers, explained she stored going “since irrespective of so several men and women telling us that ending gun violence is unachievable, it is much too bold, it truly is much too challenging, I feel with each and every bone in my really sore human body that this is the time to do the impossible.”
Not all the speakers have been college students. Pardeep Kaleka, whose father and 5 other people were being fatally shot at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August 2012, also spoke. He explained the college students had been an solution to his father’s prayers that he explained as he was dying.
The learners said they want a ban on armed service-type guns and accessories that change semi-computerized weapons into computerized weapons. They also want a four-working day waiting around time period for all gun buys, track record checks on all gun gross sales, and the lawful age to acquire a gun improved to 21.
Grownup volunteers walked with the students, who expended the nights in universities together the route.
This story has been corrected to demonstrate that the very last name of a march supporter is Mendoza, not Mandoza.