Students will "March for Our Lives" Saturday

11 a.m. at the Village Green

On Saturday, March 24th 2018 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Hyannis Village Green, 367 Main St, Hyannis,  the newly established Cape Cod Student Board, along with students from across Cape Cod and the Islands, will hold a satellite event to support the national March For Our Lives.

Led and established entirely by students, this event was inspired by the brave teen survivors of the Parkland Florida school shooting who founded the movement and encouraged their peers to speak up and create a nationwide demonstration.

The students of this nation demand action be taken on the federal and state level to combat gun violence, and demand that proactive and meaningful action be taken on the safety of schools. Cameron Kasky, a student and survivor of the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School announced the march on Sunday, February 18th, stating that the demonstration will take place on March 24th in every city across the United States.

​“We, the students of Cape Cod are inspired by the advocacy and leadership shown by the students in Florida and have decided to stand in solidarity with them. For this reason, we too, will hold our own march in Hyannis. We've constructed a student board and will continue to plan this event through a collaboration of student representatives from towns across Cape Cod and the Islands,” said Jack Forrester, member of the Cape Cod Student Board.

 

Mission of the Cape Cod Student Board:

Our mission: students have a right to attend school without fear of being shot and killed. Teachers have a right to educate in an environment free of potential gun violence. Parents have a right to send their children to school without worry of them not returning at the end of the day. And we all, as citizens, have a right to live in a country where we are not faced with frequent mass shootings and a gun homicide rate 25 times that of other developed nations. In order to combat this epidemic, our march is intended to raise awareness and also call on Congress, as well as the President of the United States to enact common-sense, effective gun reform, including, but not limited to, the goals listed on our website.

 

The Cape Cod Student Board Legislative Call to Action:

On the Federal level:

  • Repeal the ban on the CDC against the thorough study of gun violence
  • Create an effective background check system, required for ALL gun purchases
  • Reinstate the federal ban on the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines
  • Oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which limits states’ rights to regulate guns
  • Pass a legislative ban on bump stocks and other dangerous gun modifications
  • Promote the prevention of gun sales to people with known mental health problems
  • Close loopholes which allow domestic abusers to legally purchase guns

On the State level for Massachusetts:

  • School Resource Officers in every school statewide
  • ALICE training for every school statewide(https://www.alicetraining.com/). A plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event
  • Pass H3610, which would allow for protective orders banning gun sales to individuals deemed an ‘extreme risk’ to themselves or others
  • Support the Attorney General’s directive to prohibit copycat weapons modeled after guns banned under the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban

As Cape Codders, New Englanders, and most importantly, Americans, we feel vulnerable in our schools when we should feel safe and free to learn. This is due to the inaction of NRA-supported elected officials. This event calls on those legislators to act now to prevent needless deaths. Enough is enough.

For more information on the Cape Cod Student Board and the March for Our Lives, visit our website at MarchforOurLivesHyannis.com.

 


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