LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Young voices speak out against gun violence, pleading with our state lawmakers to make a change.
Today’s rally at the State’s Capitol comes only days after a marine veteran opened fire during college night at a California bar killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself.
It’s the latest in a string of mass shootings this year from Parkland, Florida to Santa Fe, Texas to two weeks ago today inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Gun violence affects communities all around the country and students are gathering at the Capitol to say enough is enough.
“When I was in high school, I used to have dreams that someone would just come into my classroom and they would just shoot,” said Allie Ingalls, a freshman at Wayne State University.
That fear Ingalls has is not just based on being afraid; it’s a reality for people across the U.S., such as those at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida when the February shooting killed 17 students and staff members or for some at Santa Fe High School in Texas when the shooting in May killed ten people.
“When you hear on the news everyday of shootings, it’s kind of hard to picture it as not a problem,” said Ingalls.
That’s what prompted Ingalls to start the group “Students Demand Action” where she along with other members rallied in front of the Capitol building today to make sure politicians hear their concerns following the midterm election.
“A lot of them campaigned on gun sense and gun reform and we’re going to hold them accountable to that,” said Jonah Kubicek, a senior at Royal Oak High School.
Kubicek says he wants newly elected officials to stick to their word and those who said they’re going to push gun reform to actually do so.
“Just because they got voted in one time doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily be voted in again unless they can keep the promises that they made on the campaign trail,” said Kubicek.
He says he speaks up not just for himself, but for others too, because of this.
“I walk to school every day knowing I might not walk out,” said Kubicek.
Ingalls says she’s prepared to step up if change doesn’t happen soon.
“I will vote them out. I will make another rally and I will run against them,” said Kubicek.
They say then plan to hold politicians accountable and they won’t stop until their voices are heard.