This teenage girl is fighting for gun control in Wyoming. Will anyone listen?

This teenage girl is fighting for gun control in Wyoming. Will anyone listen?

Alan Engdahl was driving home after an overnight shift in the oil field when his truck picked up a scratchy radio signal out of Gillette. It was the first sign of civilization since he had disappeared the afternoon before down 50 miles of wind-whipped prairie and rutted gravel roads, so Alan and his co-worker listened to the disc jockey tick through community news. Cattle prices were flat. T&T Guns had antique rifles on special. The Cowboy Draw lotto was up to $1 million. "And here’s something you don’t hear every day," the radio host said. "We apparently have a liberal gun protest happening right here in Gillette." Alan had rarely heard anything described as liberal in northeast Wyoming, and now he listened as the DJ explained how 10 Campbell County High School students had marched downtown the previous afternoon to demand tighter gun laws. They said they wanted mandatory background checks on all gun purchases. They said they wanted to build a gun-control movement in solidarity with survivors of a shooting in Parkland, Florida. But this was Wyoming, where the high school yearbook devoted four pages to "Hunting: No Greater Sport" and a local club funded college scholarships by raffling off AR-15s. The protesters had been met downtown with middle fingers and the warning of suspensions. "They should be expelled," Alan remembered joking to his co-worker. "That bleeding-heart nonsense might fly in New York or D.C., but in Wyoming? That’s treason." Wyoming has more guns per capita than any […]

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