By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
In the aftermath of a 19-year-old man killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many young people have become active in the discussion and debate of gun violence.
During the March for Our Lives event, an upcoming march and rally in Santa Fe, young people are invited to continue to participate in the discussion. The event begins at noon Saturday, March 24, at the Roundhouse. The march will end with a rally in the Santa Fe Plaza.
Marika Sinnis, an organizer for the event, explained the purpose of the rally and march is to promote comprehensive gun control and demand that the lives and safety of children, parents, teachers and students be made a priority. She said the hope is high school students will volunteer to speak.
“I really want to show there are a lot of young people who care about this issue,” Sinnis said.
But no matter their age, Sinnis said she hopes people get involved in the march.
“I want to get people in Northern New Mexico and Santa Fe involved in this issue,” she said. “I want people to be more aware of gun violence.”
Additionally, Sinnis said the hope is to “show legislators that there are a lot of people who are passionate about this issue and want to put an end to gun violence.”
Sinnis, along with others, started the event with a Facebook post and the New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence reached out to help with it.
Sinnis resides in Michigan where she recently graduated from the University of Michigan. However, she is a native to Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2013.
She explained she decided to host a march back in her home state because she saw marches popping up all over New Mexico and she wanted to get involved in the effort. She also became aware that there were no planned marches in Santa Fe.
“I figured it was time to organize a march. I just wanted to get involved any way I could,” Sinnis said.