March For Tougher Gun Laws
Matt Demczyk | Mar 25, 2018 AT 6:43 pm
(KNSI) - People fed up with gun violence gathered in the parking lot of Sartell City Hall on Saturday morning for the March For Our Lives event, in conjunction with rallies all across the country.
The group held hands during a moment of silence for people who have lost their lives to gun violence, and then marched through town holding signs that read things like "No More Silence, End Gun Violence" and "Make Our Schools Great Again."
The rallies come in the aftermath of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14 that took 17 lives.
Phil and two of his friends came down from Little Falls for the march.
"I think, like many citizens in this country, we're concerned about the proliferation of these weapons that are out there."
Phil's an orthopedic surgeon and says he has some experience with gunshot wounds and what they do to the human body.
Speaking for himself and his two friends he said "We're believers in hunting and personal protection, this isn't about taking people's weapons away from them."
He says the changes he wants to see are, stronger background checks, help for people with mental illness and perhaps a ban on assault weapons.
"Some of these weapons should only be used in war situations, and not be available to the general citizenry."
The rallies across the country on Saturday were spurred by a groundswell of youth activism.
Students at the Sartell march could be seen holding signs such as "Students Call BS", "Protect Students, Not Guns" and "My Life Is Worth More Than Your Hobby."