Anti-Gun Violence Rally Being Held Today
Nearly a year after a massive national anti-gun violence event, students in Indiana are continuing their fight. A March for Our Lives rally will be held today at noon at the Statehouse in support of pending legislation to require background checks on all gun sales. Thousands are expected, including students with the We LIVE Indy movement. Brandon Warren says he helped form the student group in 2017, after the shooting death of a classmate. Last year’s March for Our Lives rally was held in conjunction with dozens around the U-S in the wake of the Parkland massacre in Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed at a high school. Bills (HB 1294/SB 168) were introduced this session that would require background checks for all firearm sales in Indiana, but have not been given a committee hearing. Opponents argue that expanded background checks infringe on Second Amendment rights, and are difficult to enforce. But Warren contends they are needed to prevent potentially dangerous people from accessing deadly weapons. At the national level, the U-S House on Wednesday passed a bill (H.R. 8) that would require universal background checks. However, it’s not expected to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.
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