Stoneman Douglas students take gun safety message to Alabama State House
Students shaken by one of America's worst school shootings less than six months ago carried their reform message to the Alabama State House Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to support gun safety laws and to disregard the powerful National Rifle Association.
A group of about 30 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., came to Montgomery on their Road to Change tour, presented my March for Our Lives.
Most of the group was not admitted past security so they staged their planned "sit-in" in the State House lobby, chanting "vote them out," "everyday shootings are everyday problems," and "USA not NRA."
Tabitha Isner, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Alabama's 2nd District, came by the State House to hear what the students had to say.
"I think the biggest takeaway is how great it is to see young people that are using their anger and their fear in a positive way, that they're trying to make change," Isner said. "Lots of young people, when they feel ostracized from the community or they feel abandoned in their community will resort to bad behavior, criminal behavior. And I think it's a powerful testimony that these young folks have decided to try to change policy rather than giving up on the society around them."
The trip to Montgomery followed a town hall the Florida students held Tuesday in Birmingham, joined by students from Birmingham and Huntsville.
More on this story at AL.com.