About 200 people gathered in front of the Montana Capitol Thursday to call on state politicians to act to curb gun violence in America.
Following the spree of mass shootings across the country in recent weeks, the local chapter of Moms Demand Action, a nationwide organization founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre advocating for public safety measures around gun violence, organized Thursday’s protest.
The disease of gun violence hit close to home Tuesday when law enforcement arrested a Helena man, Logan Pallister, who they said possessed multiple weapons and explosives and threatened to shoot up and bomb Helena High School.
“Every one of us here today would have been effected,” Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins told the crowd, alluding to the potential disaster averted by law enforcement.
Collins called on lawmakers to pass meaningful gun reform legislation, including raising the age at which a person can purchase a firearm.
“What is more important than protecting our children?” Collins asked rhetorically. “We must hold our lawmakers accountable.”
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