March for Our Lives sends message to Alabama State House

Anti-gun violence group stops in Montgomery
Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 6:58 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Students taking part in the "March For Our Lives: Road To Change" tour took their message to end gun violence at the Alabama State House Wednesday morning.

Alabama residents joined these students. Including some from Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students in February.

They advocated for what they call sensible gun laws. The front of the steps filled with chants including "The NRA has got to go" and "Every day shootings are every day problems."

"Too many people are allowed to sell their guns without having to have their clients go through the background checks," said Students Demand Action Montgomery founder Nicolas Johnson.

Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow is a parent living in Montgomery and was at the protest. She said guns should not be in sensitive places like churches and schools. Schwiesow started homeschooling her child with autism after a gun was pulled on him for running away while having an anxiety attack.

"Essentially our last straw was when they pulled a gun on him thinking he was holding a pair of scissors, instead of the sunglasses that were in his hand," Schwiesow said.

Some people want the NRA step out of the picture.

"Somehow we're going to have to break the stranglehold that it has on our legislature," said Tom Turley, a Montgomery citizen at the rally.

However, the NRA commented back in March during several March For Our Lives protests. It said the protests are funded by anti-gun billionaires who are exploiting children to strip away gun rights.

Organizers at the rally Monday said donors funded the tour today.

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