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What you should know before Saturday’s March for Our Lives; protests planned in Lawrence, Topeka

An estimated 1,000 students from Topeka High School took part in a national walkout Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to protest gun violence and marched three blocks to the Kansas Statehouse where they briefly merged with another rally organized by the Kansas chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

An estimated 1,000 students from Topeka High School took part in a national walkout Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to protest gun violence and marched three blocks to the Kansas Statehouse where they briefly merged with another rally organized by the Kansas chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

March 22, 2018


More than 800 March for Our Lives rallies are taking place across the globe Saturday, including a planned sit-in on the steps of the Kansas Capitol in Topeka. Here’s what you need to know about the national movement, local “sister” protests and how to follow the action online.

What is it?

The main March for Our Lives, spearheaded by survivors of last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., will take place in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of thousands of adults and teens expected to attend. Student organizers have also received help from Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group, in planning and coordinating the event.

The mission behind these national efforts, according to the March for Our Lives website, is “to demand that a comprehensive and effective (gun control) bill be immediately brought before Congress.”

What’s going on locally?

Hundreds of teens, parents, teachers and other supporters from across Kansas, including students at Lawrence and Free State high schools, are expected to attend a protest outside the Capitol Saturday, slated for 11 a.m. in Topeka. Around 300 people had pledged to attend the event via the "March for Our Lives - Topeka, KS Enough is Enough Rally" Facebook page.

Samantha Inscore, an education major at Emporia State University, is the main organizer behind the Topeka protest. On the event’s Facebook page, Inscore calls for stricter gun laws, greater attention to mental illness, increased security presence in schools, more civilian training for school staff and the end of what she sees as glorification of shootings in “the media.”

Another March for Our Lives event, hosted by the Kansas chapter of gun-control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lawrence’s South Park. Protesters will rally around the South Park gazebo, near 12th and Massachusetts streets, before marching through downtown Lawrence.

According to the "Lawrence March for Our Lives" Facebook page, student leaders and other community members will speak for about 30 to 45 minutes starting at 10 a.m., followed by the march down Massachusetts Street to Sixth Street and back to South Park again.

The League of Women Voters will also be on hand with a voter registration table.

It’s unclear so far if any counterprotests are being planned here in Lawrence or in Topeka, though the "Lawrence March for Our Lives" Facebook page recommends “not engaging in debate” should marchers encounter “people who disagree with our message.”

“Arguing is not likely to be productive in this setting,” the Facebook page said.

How to follow the action:

Protesters are encouraged to use hashtags #EnoughIsEnough, #NeverAgain and #ShameOnYou in social media updates from March for Our Lives events across the country. You can also follow the action via the official @EnoughMovement Twitter and @enoughisenoughprotest Instagram account.

The Journal-World will also be covering protests in both Topeka and Lawrence.

What happens next?

On April 20, students from both LHS and Free State will take part in the National High School Walkout movement. The plan calls for high school students across the country to walk out of classes on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, Colo., high school shooting, from 10 a.m. local time until the end of the school day. Students are encouraged to stand together in silence for 17 minutes, honoring the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting, before participating in an open mic.

In Lawrence, students will walk out at 10 a.m. and travel to South Park, where organizers are planning a community event with food, music, speakers and more gun-control activism.

Chisato Kimura, an LHS senior helping coordinate the April event, said she expects around 100 classmates to attend Saturday’s protests in Topeka and Lawrence.

Around 400 LHS students participated in a national walkout earlier this month, joining other teens around the country to honor Parkland shooting victims and to protest gun violence. Around 100 students participated in a similar walkout that morning at Free State.


Richard Heckler 1 month ago

WE don't need to own assault weapons, military syle assault weapons, weapons that can accept magazines or SWAT team style weapons. The second amendment did not approve these weapons.

Politicians will say anything to shut americans up about guns when in reality are only waiting for this massive teen slaughter situation to run out of steam.

Nothing will change.

This is why the loud voices for replacing all laws with a few new regulations need to stay active and loud.

Assault weapons must be taken off the retail market, the black market and not allowed in gun shows. Then make it a felony to own or sell one!!!!

Military and law enforcement weapons when retired MUST be melted down and perhaps brought back as picinic tables.

Arming teachers is shallow thinking. Security officers are acceptable HOWEVER they cannot stop an action if they don't when a shooting is going to take place or where it will take place

Law enforcement KNOWS damn well assault weapons and open carry places them and all of us in harms way to a greater extreme than ever before.

Bob Smith 1 month ago

You keep posting this but you've never said how you are defining "assault weapon". It's like you really don't know what you are talking about but want to keep repeating the same old talking points.

William D'Armond 4 weeks, 1 day ago

That is because he copy and pasted it from a Facebook source.

Daniel Kennamore 4 weeks, 1 day ago

"How can we regulate the meat industry before we can clearly define a hot-dog as a sandwich or not?"

  • Gun Nut Logic

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

Anyone who believes a few small militia units will be any match for local law enforcement, US military, an FBI team or a SWAT team is not thinking clearly.

Voting for clear thinking representatives might be the better solution. Which means replacing a few thousand reckless thinking conservatives throughout the nation.

Register and VOTE VOTE VOTE. DON"T WAIT. Keep in mind there is a minority of people with tons of money that have taken over a once clear thinking republican party. Yes republicans in public office have become an endangered species.

How many democrat and old school republican VOTERS have been purged from the voting rolls?

Check your status frequently.

Voters PROTECT Your Right To Vote = ORGANIZE A VOTING DAY PACKET to include plenty of existing ID. Who needs more ID?

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- Military Discharge Papers

--- Passports

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

Conservatives believe in voter suppression and believe voter suppression is effective.

Bob Smith 1 month ago

Keep this in mind, it's astoturf from beginning to end. Bloomberg is bankrolling this.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 weeks, 1 day ago

The only thing that can protect us from crazy bombers, like the one in Austin, will be a bunch of good guys with bombs, so no everyone needs to go out and buy some bombs. Does that make sense? No. Then it doesn't with guns either.

If you hunt, you don't need an AR15. I don't know too many real hunters who don't learn how to use their guns safely, and who think AR15's unnecessary and and kind of wimpy to use for hunting. If you happen to need to get rid of a bunch of wild hogs, then you can rent one for a week. If you get your jollies shooting one (creepy), you can go to a range and rent one until you get your jollies, then leave it there to be locked up safely. If you are mentally ill, sorry, you can't have a gun, period.

Bob Smith 4 weeks, 1 day ago

"... I don't know too many real hunters..." You're as predictable as gravity, Dorothy. You don't need to have any books at home. If you want to read one, you can go to the library.

Bob Smith 4 weeks, 1 day ago

In other commentary: "....What is it about Millennial angst that leads us — them — to express rage in such an outward and violent fashion? Why are we at this sad place now? Firearms had been around long before Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold roamed the halls of Columbine, seeking victims. Nikolas Cruz wasn't the first person to hold an AR-15 in his hands and feel the sheer power and might behind such a weapon. Why this generation? Why my generation? When an older relative of mine was in high school in the 1950s, he would bring a loaded shotgun with him to school. His intention had nothing to do with terrorizing his fellow classmates and teachers. Instead, he stored the firearm in his locker so he could leave directly after school and go hunting before daylight faded. He was hardly alone in this practice. Yet neither he nor his peers went on a shooting rampage in their school cafeterias. Why not?..."

Daniel Kennamore 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Your desperation is showing.

No amount of spamming crazy conspiracy theories is going to save your guns.

Bob Smith 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Yeah, USA TODAY is a total right-wing rag. Perhaps in Snarky Danny World.

Richard Heckler 4 weeks ago

Council member suggests APD retired weapons could be melted Dec 19, 2017 - The council member, when asked what she would like to see the police department do with their retired guns, said there are other agencies that melt them down. "I think if we're going to approach this problem, we have to understand that there was a fiscal challenge at the root of why they chose to take this ...

Thousands of guns melted down into rebar - Washington Times Aug 13, 2014 - Thousands of weapons collected through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's "Gift for Guns" program have been melted down into rebar at a steel mill.

Where Guns Go to Die | HuffPost

Jul 18, 2009 - In Rancho Cucamonga, California the TAMCO Steel foundry has been melting down guns for years. They call the program 'Project Isaiah,' named for the biblical passage about beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. One TAMCO official put the project's goals into a modern version, ...

Council member suggests APD retired weapons could be melted ... Video for retired weapons melted down▶ 3:02

Thousands of Guns Melted Down - Pasadena Independent Jul 21, 2016 - The more than 7,000 weapons were mixed with about 150 tons of scrap metal and then melted into a pool of liquid metal. – Photo courtesy Gerdau Steel Mill. 23rd Annual Event Is Largest Ever at Rancho Cucamonga, Steel Mill Transforms Firearms Into Steel Rebar for New Roads, Freeways, and Buildings.

Guns melted down at ArcelorMittal steel mill - Daily Local News Sep 29, 2015 - Sgt. Rodger Ollis takes a picture of guns loaded into a truck by the Coatesville Police outside the police station in Coatesville on Tuesday. The guns from the city, along with some from Parkesburg and Baltimore police departments, were melted down at the ArcelorMittal steel mill. LUCAS RODGERS ... Missing: retired

Where Illegal Guns Can Do No More Harm - The New York Times

Jun 3, 2008 - “With the destruction of these illegal guns, they'll eventually be melted down and used as machine parts, piping or whatever the industry can use at this time to help better society,” said William G. McMahon, the special agent in charge who heads the bureau's ... A Retirement Plan for Confiscated Guns FEB.

Bob Smith 4 weeks ago

If a criminal brings a firearm that he used to murder someone to one of these "no questions asked" collection points, the police are actually destroying evidence. Does that give you a warm fuzzy feeling?

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