Local students host ‘Town Hall for our Lives’ in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Hundreds of thousands across the nation have been voicing their concerns and marching for gun control reform over the last weeks and months.

West Michigan students continued to press for change by holding a gathering to express concerns about gun violence and safety in our communities.

On Saturday, dozens of people attended Fountain Street Church to discuss gun reform and why it’s important to spread the message even after the march.

“If we don’t continue to this and keep going nothing to going to happen, “said student Kevin Portinga. “And all that driving out to D.C., going to that trip, getting everyone there, all that energy, having that protest is not going to be anything.”

Portinga described the driving force creating their “Town Hall for Our Lives” gathering to continue to keep gun control in the spotlight.

“This is important to me because I don’t want to have that fear, I don’t want to have to think about that during my classes,” he said.

Those in attendance heard from two Democratic candidates for Congress.

“The NRA is buying too many law makers, so we have to put an end to that and vote people in that are not bought,” said candidate Cathy Albro.

“This isn’t 1968, last week we observed the anniversary of Martin Luther King, said candidate Fred Wooden. “That was also the year we had major gun legislation in the United States, it’s 50 years old, [and] it’s time we update that.”

Republican US Representative Justin Amash was invited and unfortunately unable to attend.

Portinga said the lawmaker gave them the notice that he couldn’t make it only a few days ago. It wasn’t enough time for them to reschedule.

“I simply wish he could have told me when I talked to him 2 weeks ago when I was planning this,” said junior Caleb Heckman.

The student went onto say he would have considered a couple alternative days, so Amash could attend.

Students said it’s rewarding and makes the future look hopeful by seeing many adults supporting change in gun legislation.

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12 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    Precisely what do they want changed as far as laws regarding guns? I’m all for taking the bullseye off schools, churches and certain other public places that current gun laws place on them. But it’s time to get specific about proposals. Otherwise, all you’re going to have are people making noise and nothing getting done.

    • Michael

      As with most protestors they don’t really know what they want or what will fix the problem they just want to protest for the sake of protesting.

  • Unslaved

    “This is important to me because I don’t want to have that fear, I don’t want to have to think about that during my classes,” he said…
    Know what’s important to me? Not getting murdered by my f**king government like so many hundreds of millions of other people did in the last 100 years. Democide (murder by government) is the leading cause of unnatural death and the 2nd amendment exists to prevent it.

  • Unslaved

    “This is important to me because I don’t want to have that fear, I don’t want to have to think about that during my clásses,” he said…
    Know what’s important to me? Not getting murdered by my f**king government like so many hundreds of millions of other people did in the last 100 years. Democide (murder by government) is the leading cause of unnatural death and the 2nd amendment exists to prevent it.

    • Homer

      All that anyone really needs is to read Frédéric Bastiat’s classic essay, “The Law,” and understand the origin of the term, “Legal Plunder”. Unfortunately, the senseless agenda and the desire by many for their fifteen minutes of fame will offer no quarter.

  • Paul

    So far, not a single post in support of stealing our rights. The left is so out of step with middle America that they don’t realize that their goal of disarming Americans by exploiting murder by home grown terrorists is only deepening the resolve of patriots to keep an even tighter grip on their “guns and bibles”. I for one have joined with the NRA as a result.

  • Jessie

    I would throw some support behind this movement, except it’s such and astro-turf effort.
    (Oops, may have dated myself with that term! But it is still as relevant today!)
    Hunt around the corner from the protests, for the same white busses that bring in the paid protester for the Trump protest, the immigration protest, the puppy mill protest, and on and on. It’s paid protesters, well, getting paid.

  • P

    Just what this country needs. Policy dictated by 12 year old kids with braces on their teeth. Hard to take any of this serious. First learn what the purpose of the Second Ammendment is. Second find out what the current gun laws are.

  • ok

    AGAIN,,,,,“My point is the school is turned into some sort of sick war game where the goal is to survive,” Tar said. Hmmmm i think it ,schools, have been like that for a very long ,long time . Everybody just wake up ? people are the problems,not guns . Kids, don’t blame guns ,blame yourselves…. You know you are cruel to you classmates .. It’s not adults,over 21, doing this stuff in schools .