Demand for stricter gun laws held in Fort Wayne

Decatur Daily Democrat

    Nearly two weeks after a school shooting in Florida left 17 dead, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Allen County Courthouse Sunday demanding stricter gun laws.
    "We're all here to say that something needs to be done," organizer Brandon Blumenherst, a freshman at IPFW, told a diverse crowd of children, students, educators and others.
    "We need to show our legislators that people are sick and tired of things like this from happening."
    Sunday's rally mirrored demonstrations happening nationwide following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has awakened students to demand action on gun control.
    Demonstrators Sunday said laws need to be passed to help prevent mass shootings in the future, such as universal background checks, a ban on high capacity magazines and bump stocks.
    “Thoughts and prayers are good, but they're no longer enough,” Panashe Chakabva, a Homestead senior said during the rally. She urged politicians — specifically U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks and President Donald Trump — to demonstrate leadership.
    “Do your jobs,” she said.
    Participants held signs with slogans, such as, “Enough is enough,” “Gun owner for better gun control,” and “18th century laws shouldn't regulate 20th century weapons.”
    Addressing the crowd, City Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, called for a stronger relationship between local law enforcement and schools, advocating for more security to protect teachers and students.