TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) To correlate with the national March for our Lives around the country, many in the community in the Magic Valley gathered at the Twin Falls County Courthouse on Saturday to express their issues on gun control and pay respect to the victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The event began with speakers talking about the issues of safety in schools, resources law enforcement provide in the Magic Valley and changes in gun control.
“I just attended my first year in high school, and I've never been more scared in my life,” said Alyssa Becerra. “I didn’t think I have to be protesting this at all, but I am, and I will do everything in my power so everyone feels safe.”
Organizers Linda Sturman from the Southern Idaho Progressive Coalition said the march was not to oppose guns but to bring awareness in gun legislation.
“We’re not against guns. The whole country is not against guns. We’re against weapons of war getting into the hand of people that have mental issues. It’s about sensible laws,” Sturman said.
Dakota Mcmillen, 19, graduated from Jerome High School. He spoke about elected officials being afraid of change.
“We can fight these battles on lawns. We can fight these battles on the streets, but the wars will be won when we go to the voting booths, and we elect other officials who are not scared of lobbyist corporations and the NRA groups who are here trying to make money,” Mcmillen said.
The march began on Shoshone Street to Five Points and back to the courthouse.