Locals rally for gun reform as a part of the March for Our Lives movement

Published: Mar. 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM CDT
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Hundreds of people rallying for gun reform marched from WKU to Fountain Square Park in Bowling Green as a part of the nationwide March for Our Lives movement on Saturday.

"The March for our Lives movement began earlier this year when the shooting in Parkland, Florida happened and students began to push back and say, 'no we're not just going to let this story sit back and disappear like so many tragic incidents that's happened,'" says Murphy Burke, a student who helped organize Bowling Green's march.

Bowling Green was a part of the nearly 800 other 'sibling' rallies in the march for gun reform.

"It's important that we show our legislators and other people in Bowling Green that this is an issue that people here care about," Burke says.

"Our government here in Bowling Green and everywhere else isn't doing enough for me and other students to be able to attend school safely and you know, you walk in there and you don't know what's going to happen, especially bullying," adds Hasana Grahm, a Bowling Green High School student who attended the march. "You never know what kids are going to do, especially my generation."

Satuday's march featured several speakers including members of the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ movement, and several other speakers representing minority groups.

"We had speakers from Black Lives Matter talking about how the black community is disproportionately effected by gun violence." Burke says. "We had speakers who are mothers and have been influenced by gun violence in their lives, victims of gun violence in their lives, as well as a speaker talking about how LGBTQ people are effected by gun violence."

Among attendees was a lifetime NRA member to hear what concerns were being voiced.

"Even though they said some negative things about the NRA, I never felt personally insulted or anything like that," says Jeff Jones, a lifetime NRA member. "I appreciate the crowd, they did a very nice job, and the speakers were very articulate."

Those who rallied and marched Saturday want to have their voices heard around the country, and even in local legislation as well.

"We wanted to remind people that people taking to the streets and showing what we care about is an essential part of our democracy," mentions Burke.

"If they're [government] not going to do it, then we're going to have to do something about it," adds Grahm.