Students plan rally against gun violence
High school students plan to advocate for gun control with a Saturday rally in Oklahoma City, although organizers want the focus to be on “realistic policies for Oklahoma.”
“A lot of the things pushed at the national level are great, but they aren’t really realistic for Oklahoma because of our gun culture,” said Brenna Swaney, a Sallisaw High School senior helping to plan the second annual March for Our Lives rally in Oklahoma.
Rallies were held across the nation last year with a focus on reducing gun violence in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Swaney said Saturday’s rally in Oklahoma will advocate for expanded background checks for gun sales, more funding for federal research into gun violence and raising the state’s minimum age to 21 to purchase a rifle.
The rally will begin at 11 a.m. at the Oklahoma County Election Board office. Students will march south to the state Capitol for a noon rally.
“We don’t want to make this a partisan issue,” Swaney said. “We want both sides to come together and say this is a problem that needs attention.”