NSU student attends Washington gun control rally

By Alec Horton, NSU Student
Article and photo republished courtesy of The Current Sauce

The Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, caught the nation’s attention, like other school shootings. But this time, the gun control movement gained traction in a way never seen before.

More than 700 March for Our Lives protests nationwide occurred March 25 to catch lawmakers’ attention, including at least 10 in Louisiana.

NSU student Jacob Bennett attended the Washington rally, citing inaction from the government as the driving force behind his participation.

“I am not content with doing nothing,” Bennett said. “I believe there are actions Congress can take to make us safer, and if that’s true, they’re only going to do it if the people put the pressure on them.”

The junior strategic communications major stayed at alumnus Kip Patrick’s home in Washington after two faculty members put them in touch and helped fund the trip.

“It was definitely a moving and humbling experience,” Bennett said.

Though he disagrees with the movement’s proposed assault weapon ban, Bennett is on board with everything else.

“I don’t think the March for Our Lives movement is perfect,” he said. “But it’s definitely the gun movement with the most momentum so far and because of that, I wanted to support it.”

Bennett is also in favor of requiring gun training programs similar to driver’s education, though he thinks this is unlikely.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards doesn’t believe arming teachers is a “good idea,” and said he would oppose legislation allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons at school.

“I think we need to focus on other school safety measures,” he said in a press conference last week.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, released a statement supporting protesters’ First Amendment rights but called for compromise in lobbying for change, citing Florida’s recent ban of bump stocks as an example that soon may sweep the nation.

“Making a change requires finding common ground with those who hold opposing views,” Rubio said. “And finding common ground is what it will take to pass our red flag law so we can take guns away from dangerous people.”

At a recent town hall hosted and televised by CNN, Stoneman Douglas student and gun control advocate Cameron Kasky challenged Rubio to stop accepting money from the National Rifle Association. Rubio didn’t agree to this and claimed money plays no factor in his policy decisions.

“The influence of these groups comes not from money,” Rubio said. “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”


4 thoughts on “NSU student attends Washington gun control rally

  1. Want to save kids lives? Then you need to ban them from owning a cellphone and a vehicle until they are 21, that would save WAY more kids…. oh and while we’re out banning stuff, let’s also ban drugs like opiates and methamphetamines because they kill kids too. I’m so glad we have these condom snorting, tide pod eating snowflakes telling us how we should live our lives, it’s very refreshing.

  2. With all the shouting, screaming, posturing, and empty promises of the “March” not one plan was made that would explain how they are going to disarm and neutralize the bad guys, criminals and crooks, nor how to recognize and correct the mentally unstable. A very good place to start would be University professors and Congress!

  3. Good for Jacob Bennet for attending the Walk for Our Lives rally. And good for Alex Horton and the Current Sauce for publishing this article.
    Yes, it is OUR right to possess firearms but this does not and should not include any type of weapon of mass destruction. I do know Canada limits clip rounds to 5 or 10. If you can’t hit your target with that many shots, maybe you shouldn’t possess a gun.
    “You gotta tell the children the truth. They don’t need a whole lotta lies. ’cause one of these days they’ll be running things….” Jimi Hendrix.

    • Weapons of mass destruction? Remember that old cliché that when weapons of mass destruction which are defined as nuclear, radiological, chemical, or biological weapons are banned, only rogue nations like North Korea and Iran will have weapons of mass destruction. However, I believe that like machine guns (automatic weapons), private civilians are already prohibited from owning such weapons.

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