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Students In Clark County To Continue Gun Control Activism


Vancouver School of Arts and Academics students Greta DuBois, left, and Aubree Radtke make signs at the Evergreen Education Association offices for the March for Our Lives, scheduled for Saturday. They're among a group of student organizers leading the upcoming demonstration.

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics students Greta DuBois, left, and Aubree Radtke make signs at the Evergreen Education Association offices for the March for Our Lives, scheduled for Saturday. They’re among a group of student organizers leading the upcoming demonstration.

Steve Dipaola for The Columbian

For the second time in two weeks, students in Clark County and across the country will take to the streets to demonstrate in the aftermath of last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Saturday’s March for Our Lives was organized initially by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people died last month after a gunman opened fire at the Parkland, Florida, campus. Since then, groups have organized 817 sister marches across the globe, including in Vancouver. The group’s platform, according to the national website, includes banning “the sale of assault weapons,” including the AR-15, the rifle used by the shooter in last month’s school shooting and in other recent mass shootings.

Participants are also advocating for the ban of high-capacity magazines, as well as closing the controversial “gun show loophole,” which allows unlicensed gun sellers — typically private sellers who sell online or at a gun show — to sell the weapons without conducting background checks.

Emma Busch, the 18-year-old leading the local charge, joined other students and volunteers at the Evergreen Education Association building Saturday to discuss logistics and create signs for the upcoming march.

Read the whole story at The Columbian.

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