Over 1,000 people march down Main St. demanding an end to gun violence

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Students and leaders of all faiths came together this morning to march for an end to gun violence. 

More than 1,000 people marched down Main Street Saturday morning to participate in the movement. 

The marchers join a national movement demanding lawmakers take action on gun control.

The March for our Lives movement comes just weeks after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

“Not one more!” 

Those three words chanted throughout the streets of downtown Wichita by hundreds of people demanding change. Now, the millennials of today say, it’s their turn to ask lawmakers for gun reform. 

“It’s looking like guns are more important than children and teachers,” said teen, Cody Utt. “It doesn’t feel very good and that’s why we’re going to try to change things.”

Kansas students say they are now taking responsibility for bringing these issues to our lawmakers. One Maize High School senior said he and his peers experienced a shooting threat on campus last week. 

“We had a shooting threat the Friday before spring break,” said Matthew Melchor. “As we were walking in, our backpacks are searched. We had police presence there and a lot of people didn’t’come to school that day. 

This experience is one that Melchor says makes him wonder if lawmakers understand what students are going through. 

“It’s different now,” said Matthew Melchor. “If you were to have asked me last year I would have said I don’t get it but if you ask me now it’s different.” 

Organizers of the march are hopeful to see gun reform in the near future but they add that if that change does not happen they are prepared to vote Kansas lawmakers out in November.

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