An estimated 200 concerned citizens joined students at a rally for common sense gun laws Wednesday in Janesville at the culmination of a 50-mile march by about 40 students. The students marched from Madison to the hometown of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, demanding that he support gun laws that might help prevent another school shooting like the one that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. The 50 Miles More march was an extension of last weekend’s March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. and throughout the country and was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “In a rally at Trexler Park, the students spoke eloquently and emotionally about their experiences marching, the support they received and their passion for the cause of gun reform.”
NBC15 Madison broadcast the Janesville event live on Facebook:
The students posted photos and video of their journey on the 50 Miles More Facebook page:
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A crowd of about 200 parents, grandparents and supporters watched Wednesday as 40 Wisconsin students finished their 50-mile march from Madison to Janesville, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s hometown. In a rally at Trexler Park, the students spoke eloquently and emotionally about their experiences marching, the support they received and their passion for the cause of gun reform.
The students say they want a ban on military-style weapons, a ban on accessories to turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons, a four-day waiting period on all gun purchases, background checks on all gun sales and an increase in the legal purchasing age for guns to 21.
In response to activity in the Legislature this spring to develop school safety legislation, WEAC put together a package of Principles for Student Safety that reflect beliefs shared by the Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and many other groups representing students, parents and public safety. The Legislature has since passed a school safety measure that was quickly signed by the governor, but it fails to provide resources outlined by WEAC and other groups to address issues that include student mental health, school safety improvements, staff training and common sense gun laws.