Columbus will hold a March for Our Lives rally

Columbus is one of six Indiana communities participating in the national March For Our Lives event, with marchers demanding that state or federal lawmakers take action to stop the growing tide of mass shootings in across the United States.

“We are tired of seeing babies being shot inside their classrooms and gun violence everywhere,” said March For Our Lives co-organizer Dawn Sherfield. “We are tired of our leaders not acting. We need action now!

Co-sponsored by Columbus Area Moms Demand Action, which is Sherfield’s organization and the Bartholomew County Women’s Democrats, March For Our Lives will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The march will begin at Columbus City Hall in downtown Columbus.

Organizers are looking for teenagers and young adults willing to talk about their experiences with gun violence, active-shooting exercises and other related experiences, she said.

Beginning June 2, marches in Indiana are planned in Evansville, South Bend, Bloomington, West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Columbus. Other communities could join between now and the event, organizers said on social media.

Marches across the country will take place less than a month after 18-year-old Payton Gendron was accused of fatally shooting 10 African-American shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, because of their ethnicity ethnicity, investigators said.

Ten days later, Salvador Ramos allegedly killed 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school with two AR-type rifles purchased from a federally licensed arms dealer. Ramos had turned 18 a few days before the shoot.

Gun advocates often blame mental illness for mass shootings. However, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently said he doesn’t believe state lawmakers will take any further action to restrict Hoosiers’ ability to buy guns due to mental health issues.

In Sherfield’s view, gun enthusiasts aren’t really interested in debating these issues.

“They’re just making excuses in an attempt to dismiss the other side,” Sherfield said. “It’s just breathtaking.”

On July 1, Indiana’s license requirement to openly carry a handgun will no longer exist, which was approved by the Indiana General Assembly despite strong objections from law enforcement.

The new law repeals the need for a license to carry a handgun in Indiana and people who are not barred from owning or carrying a handgun do not need to obtain a license from the Indiana. State to do so, in accordance with the law. The bill was co-authored by Rep. Ryan Lauer, R-Columbus.

Republican Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, joined nine Senate Republicans and 11 Democratic senators to vote against the bill in the Senate.

District 69 State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, was also a co-sponsor of the bill and said passing the “constitutional porting” law has been one of his top priorities ever since. his election in 2012.

Sherfield warned that many Hoosiers would not continue to sit quietly as more children died in future mass shootings.

“Your right to own a gun should never trump someone else’s right to live,” Sherfield said. “If our leaders do not start to act, there will be complete and utter unrest and chaos in this country.”

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