Anti-Gun Parkland Students Expected to Visit Fargo/Moorhead, Bismarck, and Standing Rock This Month

People gather in front of the stage before the start of the March for Our Lives rally on Saturday in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges

This summer some of the students from Parkland High School, those who are now being used in messaging campaigns by the gun control movement, will be taking a bus tour through the midwest to bring their anti-gun narrative to the heartland.

There are going to be at least a few stops in our area later this month, according to their plans. The bus tour will stop in Moorhead, Minnesota, Bismarck North Dakota, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

It’s not clear if the reservation stop will be in North Dakota or South Dakota. Their map pin shows South Dakota, but the reservation straddles both states.

What are the kids demanding?

  • Universal, background checks
  • A ”digitized, searchable database” from the ATF
  • Taxpayer funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “research the gun violence epidemic in America.”
  • Bans on “high-capacity magazines” and “semi-automatic assault rifles.”

“The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to assure that no special interest group or political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country,” the group’s website states. “We demand morally-just leaders to rise up from both parties in order to ensure public safety.”

I’ve sent a request for an interview to the group. I’m assuming that, with this trip through parts of America where guns and gun ownership are very popular, they want to engage with people inclined to disagree with their policy agenda.

Hopefully that’s true.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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