Santa Clarita residents marched on Saturday to demand their Rep. Steve Knight and other members of Congress take action to strengthen gun laws and help reduce violence, joining hundreds of thousands around the world for the March for Our Lives.
“There should never be a time that we go to school and fear for our lives, and that seems like a recurring theme in America now, and we need to stop that,” Ally Sagardia, senior at Valencia High School, told the Santa Clarita Signal.
More than 800 March for Our Lives events took place around the globe over the weekend, inspired by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Survivors of the Feb. 14 school shooting, where 17 people were murdered in less than seven minutes by a person wielding an assault rifle, were fed up with congressional inaction on gun control measures, and catalyzed a nationwide groundswell of support for stricter gun laws.
The millions of people marching were demanding common-sense gun regulations such as universal background checks for all gun buyers and bans on assault-style weapons.
But Knight, who received an “A” rating from the NRA and voted to weaken gun laws at every opportunity, is one person who is not helping to stem access to weapons. Those actions will not sit well with the thousands of constituents who listened to people of all ages demand action.
“I hope that when I’m in high school, I don’t ever have to fear for my life whenever I step onto a school campus,” said fifth-grader Samantha Armitage. “People in Congress may have the power and control, but we have the influence and the voices to make a change.”
In an email from the NRA touting Knight, the gun-lobbying organization bragged that Knight “opposes gun control.”
When students walked out of school in mid-March to call attention to gun violence, Daniel McGreevy, a junior at Santa Susana High School, called on Knight to “return the blood money he got from the NRA.”
Over the weekend, marchers carried signs and made speeches in order to be heard. In November, they will use the power of the voting booth, which should worry Knight and all NRA lackeys in Congress.