Madison teachers march to Capitol to continue students’ call for gun reform

Madison teachers march to Capitol to continue students’ call for gun reform

On Friday morning, dozens of teachers marched from East High School to the state capitol to continue the demand for stricter gun laws.

Last month, hundreds of students made the same march, calling on Wisconsin lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation following the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 people.

“We’re going to pick that gauntlet up. Whatever it takes, we’re going to march. We’re going to try to find as many allies in the capitol, whether they’re Republican or Democrat, Independent. We’re going to try to find some common ground,” East High School teacher Kevin Attaway said.

Attaway wants to see lawmakers implement universal background checks, mandatory registration for all gun owners at purchase and required training for owners of semi-automatic weapons.

“What we’ve been doing in this country the last 19 years is not working. And we need to find another way,” Attaway said.

The march also commemorated the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Twelve students and one teacher were killed by two students.

“What has happened in those 19 years to help stop the violence?” said retired teacher Bert Zipperer. “There’s an amazing, stunning silence for that answer.”

About 2,500 schools were expected to participate in the National Walkout Day.

As many were marching, the latest school shooting happened in Ocala, Florida. A student was shot in the ankle, marking the 20th school shooting in the U.S. this year.

“We owe it to those young people to keep making noise,” said Marcia Wirt, a retired pediatrician who joined the march.