TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)-Hundreds met up outside of the Vigo County courthouse to participate in the nationwide "March for our Lives." Local high school students came together holding signs speaking their mind when it comes to the national crisis involving gun violence.
Saayeh Siahmakoun and Sarah Behnke have been leading the local charge when it comes to getting the voices of the community heard. One of biggest they are seeing is stricter regulations on assault weapons.
"Some kind of action against assault rifles because they are used a lot in these mass shootings and those really hit home for students because it could be us one day. I just never want that to happen at my school or any other school," said Behnke.
There was more than just the march protest taking place. Some members of the community came out to support their second amendment rights.
For supporters like Phil Bennett, their presence wasn't to argue but to get their opinions expressed as well.
"We do not want trouble today if there’s an issue we will be the ones to walk away today. Because it’s important that their voices are heard. But it’s also important our voice is heard," said Bennett.
These pro-gun supporters agree a change needs to be made but their focus is more on the school's approach to those of mental illness. Instead of targeting guns.
"I believe that if we have better mental health in our schools, that's a very good starting point. These kids need help. We want to try and fund the schools so they can get that help," said Bennett.
Either way both sides marched, prayed and voiced their minds for change but for the next generation they don't want to be just a voice. They are ready to vote in support of a safer tomorrow.
"Even though maybe some of us can't vote right now, we will eventually and we're going to make a change but it has to start somewhere," said Siahmakoun.
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