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Jackson marches against gun violence


Local residents marched through downtown Jackson on Saturday morning to raise awareness of gun violence, part of the huge wave of March For Our Lives protests happening across the country at the same time.

The protest brought together many local officials and candidates, community members and citizen activists of all ages, who each had strong words in response to recent incidents of gun violence in America.

“What I hope people take away from today is to expand the conversation,” said Matt Azbill, student and ambassador for youth activism group Do The Write Thing, who took the speak at the event. “As a student, going to class shouldn’t be scary. Students shouldn’t be afraid to take classes in person and shouldn’t have to worry about being the next article in line.

The demonstration was organized by local teacher Margaret Spiers, who spoke passionately to the crowd.

“It’s time we did something,” she said. “The Second Amendment talks about a well-regulated militia. We need our guns regulated.

“There are several common-sense solutions that we can all agree on, regardless of your politics. Extreme risk laws, background checks – these are things that would significantly reduce gun violence. We can make those changes.

Amid the gathered crowd braving the heat was District 2 City Councilman Johnny Dodd, who has been pushing for months for better community involvement and gun safety, especially in light of the recent increase in youth gun violence in Jackson.

March For Our Lives protesters, even the youngest ones, march through downtown Jackson.

“Thank you for standing up for the life of our community,” Dodd said. “Enough is enough. I’ve attended about six to eight funerals over the past few months for young men who have been killed in our community. It’s time for us to come together, and that starts at the ballot box. We need to put the right person in the right seat who will listen to us.

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He waved at the crowd. “We have to work together. Black, white, green and yellow, we are losing our community to gun violence. It’s time for us to get up.

Echoing his call for action was Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, who stressed the need for “real change.”

March For Our Lives protesters walk through downtown Jackson.

“Recently, the governor held a press conference, right after the massacres (in Uvalde, Texas),” Smiley said. “He spent the whole time talking about how we’re going to make our schools safe, while ignoring the actual tool. You can ignore guns all day, but that doesn’t make them go away. We need real change.”

“You have to call this General Assembly by name, he said. “They are radical, they are extreme. They Do not Care About Us. They don’t care about our lives. If we want something different? We have to send them home.

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The crowd marched in a loop around downtown Jackson, ending outside Congressman David Kustoff’s office, where Spiers had harsh words for the District 8 representative.

“Mr. Kustoff, we came to visit you because we are concerned as citizens about gun violence in our state and in your district,” she said. “And we hope you stop accepting NRA approval and you’ll get our approval instead.”

Kustoff was not in office at the time.

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