Bismarck March for Our Lives

Published: Mar. 24, 2018 at 6:40 PM CDT
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While people were gathering at the national capitol, they also gathered at the state capitol in Bismarck Saturday in a march to address gun violence in schools.

Around 100 people gathered just steps from the North Dakota state capitol Saturday afternoon to support the March for Our Lives movement.

“I really just want students to feel safe,” organizer and Legacy High School senior McKenzie Huson said. “School is somewhere we're supposed to go to learn and we're the future generation and I shouldn't have to go to school every day and be scared for my life.”

People of all ages showed up holding different signs. One person, who stood silently in the crowd, held up a Make America Great Again Sign.

Others say they're gun owners, who want to keep their guns, but say there does need to be some sort of change.

“The idea that people are like it's such a black and white no gun control or all we'll take them all away I'm like that’s not really the dialogue, the dialogue is like in a democracy where are we going to compromise?” attendee Tempe O’Kun said.

Organizers say this is not a political action, but a call to action for legislators to keep kids safe.

One Army veteran and hunter in attendance says he doesn't want to lose his gun, but wants to protect kids in schools.

“I think as gun owners we need to sit down and have a reasonable discussion about what can we do to try and limit the gun violence in this country,” Tom Wirtz said. “If we don't I think this movement right now, I think we're in jeopardy of losing our guns at some point in the future.”

A march around the capitol grounds was cancelled because of the snow and ice.