Hundreds of Capital Region students rally against gun violence

April 20, 2018 01:00 PM

ALBANY - Hundreds of people were filling West Capitol Park in Albany on Friday as part of a national walkout against gun violence.

The rally began around 10:50 a.m. with a "lie-in." That's when people stopped talking, the music stopped and everybody laid down on concrete. They were marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, which took place on April 20, 1999. For each minute they laid on the ground, they read the name of a victim from that shooting.

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They also carried signs with messages that included: "Enough," "Give me books, not bullets," and "I should be writing my college essay – not my will."

One of the speakers pointed out, "We are not a generation of Tide Pods. We are a generation of change."

Many of the students at the rally weren't even born back in 1999. However, they have been alive to witness the recent wave of gun violence.

"I wanted people in the Albany region as a whole, not just our little communities, to know that gun violence happens every day here," said Camille James, a senior at Albany High School and one of the speakers. "I have seen it personally -- and in Schenectady, the rate is amazing. I want people to understand that there are add-ons that make these guns into automatics and it's more than just taking guns from people. It's not about that. It's securing safety of our children, our families and our lives."

NewsChannel 13 will have full coverage of Friday's rallies on and our newscasts starting Live at 4.


WNYT Staff

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