Thousands of students across the country took part in National Walkout Day to advocate for stronger gun legislation. That was the sound this morning at Central High School in Omaha. About 300 students walked out of class to demand action on gun reform.
Organizer Nick Koehler says, “A lot of us are 18 or turning 18 and we are going to have the right to vote. If we demand that legislation be passed that doesn’t get passed all we can do is vote them out. Vote in someone that will pass legislation that we agree with.”
Students voiced their concerns too by shouting a number of chants and encouraged cars driving by to honk in support of their effort.
Koehler says they want strict background checks prior to being allowed to purchase guns. They also want to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and to ban all assault rifles and bump stocks. Koehler says, “No one should have a gun that is manufactured to kill 30 people in 30 seconds.”
The protests come on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting.