On Saturday Spokane community members will be joining in the nationwide, March for Our Lives. The student-led protest will call for common-sense gun laws and safety in schools.
A larger-scale March for Our Lives event is occurring in the streets of Washington, D.C., with the goal being, “to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today,” according to the March for Our Lives website. The national march are organized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students as a direct response to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month.
The Spokane march is organized by students from 16 different Spokane-area high schools. On their website the students mentioned the Sept.13 Freeman High School shooting as additional motivation for this movement. The shooting occurred in a Spokane suburb and resulted in the death of one student and injured three others.
The rally will commence at noon at the Great Northern Clocktower inside Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. After the rally, the march will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 3p.m.
The Spokane-area students say on their March for Our Lives Spokane website that they are marching, “to send a message to our Washington State Republican representative, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.” They are demanding three things from the congresswoman: vote in favor of a bill to ban assault weapons, vote in favor of a bill requiring background checks for weapon sales and stop accepting NRA donations.
As of Tuesday evening, there were more than 800 March for Our Lives rallies planned for Saturday.
If you’d like to learn more about this weekend’s event, information can be found at the March for Our Lives Spokane event page on Facebook or on their website, better.place/MarchForOurLives.
Ian Davis-Leonard is a news editor. Follow him on Twitter: @ilowe714.