Missoulians rally after Uvalde massacre, demand action

Zoe Buchli Skylar Rispens

Gathered next to 19 chairs representing the children killed in the Uvalde, Texas massacre, about 100 Missoulians stood side by side Thursday evening calling for comprehensive legal action to improve gun safety around Montana.

On Thursday, Moms Demand Action held rallies across the state demanding thorough gun laws to protect public safety. At the event in Missoula, attendees called for more background checks, implementation of red flag laws and stricter regulation of assault rifles.

“At this point for kids in school, it isn’t ‘what if?’ or ‘just in case,’ it’s ‘when is it going to happen?’” Washington Middle School seventh grader Cora Barnes said at the event. 

Over 311,000 children in the U.S. have experienced gun violence since Columbine shook the country in 1999, according to a Washington Post database.

In 2020, there were 238 deaths related to firearms in Montana, resulting in a firearm injury death rate of 20.9 per 100,000 people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national average rate is 14.9 per 100,000 people. 

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