Students use dialogue to spur change

Students use dialogue to spur change

Buy Now A crowd of about 100 defenders of the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association gathered in front of the Bismarck Event Center on Thursday. The rally coincided with the Parkland (Florida) High School student organized March for Our Lives, Road to Change rally held inside the event center. The students are advocating stronger gun control and informing people to vote. MIKE MCCLEARY TRIBUNE Bismarck’s new mayor, Steve Bakken, attended the students’ town hall meeting and a pro-gun rally called to coincide with the students’ visit. Bakken said his attendance at both events was as a private citizen, not in an official capacity. It’s good he made the distinction, but it’s difficult not to view him as mayor. In fact, the students asked if the mayor was present and then invited him to ask a question. The students are survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine’s Day. They are taking part in the March for Our Lives’ Road to Change bus tour that began last month in Chicago. They have visited more than 20 states and last week were in Moorhead, Minn., and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation before coming to Bismarck. The students want changes in the nation’s gun laws and have a 10-point policy plan which includes funding gun violence research, universal background checks, a high-capacity magazine ban, and limiting access to assault rifles. Most importantly, they want to start conversations about their plan and hear the ideas of others. They […]

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