GALVESTON

Chanting “Thank you youth,” more than 200 protesters gathered Saturday on Seawall Boulevard for an anti-violence rally dubbed “March for Our Lives.”

Organized by the Galveston Progressive Connection, the rally, running from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Crockett Park on the beach side of Seawall Boulevard, was part of a nationwide demonstrations for gun control laws.

The crowd of protesters called for policy changes across the nation and held up various signs, including some that stated: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough!”

The rally was peaceful, although one participant, Kevin Moran, said about a dozen armed counter-demonstrators formed up across the street as the rally ended.

More than 800 March for Our Lives demonstrations were planned across the nation, sparked by the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, The Associated Press said.

The Galveston rally was created to let people voice their opinions in a collective display, event organizer Lyssa Graham said.

“We have been working on this for a couple of weeks,” she said. “You feel isolated sometimes if you see all the activity happening in big cities, but our island and small cities are impacted as well.”

Collaborating with residents and orchestrating a rally felt natural, event organizer Azure Bevington said.

“I’ve known Lyssa for a couple years and we have been involved in some other advocacy stuff,” she said. “We were really just talking about all these issues after the national movement.”

Just like any city, Galveston needs to be represented, Bevington said.

“There was always something going on in Houston but nothing that ever happened on the island,” she said. “We felt that people needed an opportunity to come together.”

The Parkland students woke the nation up and Galveston needed to be a part of that moment, Bevington said.

“We want people to see that there are people in this community that are really committed and people want stronger gun laws,” she said. “This movement is very unique in that it’s driven by these students who said they want to see change. We wanted to reach out to students and let students tell us what they wanted to see.”

Arming teachers is not a reasonable solution to the problem, Galveston resident Krystal Greer said.

“I’m going to school to be a teacher,” she said. “I don’t think guns belong in the hands of teachers. We should be giving them funding.”

Students from Ball High School also spoke at the rally.

“I’m a student and this worries me a lot,” Alondra Saucedo said. “We should share how secure our schools are in Galveston and share that with other communities. We are pretty safe.”

Events like this not only make a bold statement, but they allow people to come together, Graham said.

“The local part is very important,” she said. “It is really empowering to not feel alone in our community.”

Connor Behrens: 409-683-5241; connor.behrens@galvnews.com.

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(33) comments

Paul Hyatt

Nothing more than leftist propaganda pushing to destroy our nations Constitution. I do wonder why so many are pushing for gun control when all they have to do is look at the demon-crat led major cities like Chicago and see how well gun control does NOT work.... What is amazing is that these people think that they are ought to save the children and yet this same group of people are the very ones who push the agenda of slaughtering the innocent upon the altar of convenience that they call "choice".... Over 60 million innocent have been slaughtered and yet you hear nothing from this crowd about those children! Just like this is the same group that loves to free the guilty and condemn the innocent.... How strange the left is and how perverted their thinking is.... BTW, this is the same group that demanded that God be thrown out of the schools and then wonder what is going on in the schools!!!!
Oh, I almost forgot and that is this is the agenda that the media is pushing as they are deeply entrenched with the leftist agenda!

Bill Broussard

Paul. I’ve voted republican in every election. I own over 50 working firearms as a collector. Let me say that these are NOT that same group who murderd 60 mm innocents. These are kids who care and are afraid and I don’t think even one of them is a CNN reporter

You might just shut up ,listen and think your way through this instead of exercising your Rush-rant. Sounds like your a hammer and everything looks like a nail.

Paul Hyatt

I know to many who call themselves republicans that are nothing more than RINO's. Just because you vote for a particular party means nothing. And to you point that it isn't the same group that murdered 60 mm that is funding all of this? I would suggest you look up George Soros and his past and what he came from and what he still is, and then tell me what this is all about.... People who know not there history are doomed to repeat it. Every nation that has been disarmed ends up being controlled by the ones who disarmed them. I for one do not want to live in a nation such as that and for the ones that do Europe has many nations that are disarmed and love it when people move there....

Debbie Berger

My goodness. What a lot of hatred and ill will.

Gary Miller

As a gun owner and NRA supporter/member I think these young people are really wonderful. Yet these marches are a failure because they didn't come up with anything criminals or the insane will observe. No law criminals won't break. Until that law is passed we must cope with the danger. Passing any law that only law abiding people will respect is useless, they aren't the problem. Disarming the honest empowers the dishonest.

Paul Hyatt

Well it seems as if I was right. There are so many in our nation today that have not a clue what the 2nd Amendment is all about and IMHO they could care less what it means or why it was put there. Hitler did well when he got the youth involved and then proceeded to disarm his nation of personal weapons. The left have made this all about the children and yet they while they are doing this they purposely slaughter around 1 million per year on the altar that of convenience that they call "choice"....
It is amazing that there are so many blind to what the left is trying to do and with all of the help that I see on many a forum I am now starting to believe that they will get it done and that is to disarm this nation. Why can't people see that in Chicago and horrible places like it there are strict and severe gun control laws and the thugs continue to get guns and kill not only each other but children as well.
For those who hate guns so much I do wish all of you would put up Gun Free Zone signs in front of your homes so that guns would not affect your lives.
One day all of you who want the government to control every aspect of your lives will rue the day that you started down this path, and by the way don't call the ones of us who do not believe in your socialistic / communistic ways as we will be defending our own homes!

Carlos Ponce

"We should be giving them funding.”
Maybe if you bought them all a bullet proof vest.

Bill Broussard

That's not even a little bit funny, Carlos. In fact, its crass. Gary came the closest. If we could beef up our screening laws seriously, folks like Garry and me could pass and the nuts wouldn't From there, we could see what there is we could do next without infringing.

But you, sir, should stick to your data collection and analysis. You suck at humor.

Carlos Ponce

"That's not even a little bit funny, Carlos."
It was not meant to be "funny", I was being VERY SERIOUS. If you don't want to arm some gun proficient school board approved teachers then AT LEAST give them some type of protection. And I am speaking as a certified teacher who taught in Texas public schools for 32 years. I worked with Larry Crow at Hitchcock High School. He was armed AND had a bullet proof protective vest he wore under his uniform. Larry was former LMPD police chief and former La Marque mayor. Smart man.

Andy Brown

I could not be prouder of those young men and women who went out and participated in these demonstrations yesterday. Job well done. Keep fightening.

Paul Hyatt

Yes, teaching them to skip school and not obeying the states school laws are a great thing and in fact we have many buildings in our nation today that are full of people like that that used to not obey laws until the point that they were thrown in prison.... Yes that is such a great example to teach, just like it is a great thing to teach to shred our Constitution.... The progressive leftists in our nation desperately wants that to happen. Once the 2nd Amendment is gone all the others will silently go away!

Andy Brown

For the love of God can’t you just be happy for some kids who were exercising their right to free assembly? These are children we are talking about. BTW, it would was Saturday when there is no school. As far as the second admendment goes no one is trying to stop you and your militia to have all the muskets you want to fight the King’s men. 😂

Paul Hyatt

What about all of the children who are slaughtered every day upon the altar of convenience that the left calls "Choice"? I guess those children do not count by your standards? As for gun control what none of you will ever know is that you can not stop a person that has pre-meditated mass murder on his heart.... You want to give up your rights for what you call safety, I don't and should not have to. There is NOTHING in our Constitution that states we have to go through a back ground check or anything else to protest ourselves from thugs and an over reaching government. Do you even know why the 2nd Amendment was written? As for the 1st Amendment rights to free assembly it will not survive if we get rid of the 2nd Amendment....

Andy Brown

Paul, no one is talking about abortion but you. You don't know me or my "standards." I was just trying to congratulate some of Galveston's young people on standing up for their right to go to school without fear and asking for those in charge to do something it. You then take my pat on the back and turn it into some left/right hogwash we are all unfortunately so accustomed to. Now I remember why I stopped commenting at this forum. It's simple. I have much better things to do.

Gary Scoggin

Reflecting upon this conversation as we enter Holy Week I wonder: What if firearms and the Second Amendment had existed in the First Century Roman Empire? Would Jesus and his Disciples have been armed and what would have happened when the guards came to arrest our Savior? Are the actions of Peter any indicator?

Carlos Ponce

They were armed with the weapon of choice for the day - swords. What DID Jesus say?
"But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." NIV
"But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one." New American Standard
"Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." KJV
"But now," Jesus said, "whoever has a purse or a bag must take it; and whoever does not have a sword must sell his coat and buy one." Good News
Jesus was talking about the time He would not be with them and said they should have a weapon for self defense.

Paul Hyatt

Awesome answer Mr. Ponce and very true!

Steve Fouga

It's hard to understand anybody being AGAINST protesting gun violence! Is there something GOOD about gun violence that we can't stand to lose? It's like the arguments about our air and water being too clean.

The kids are just voicing all the usual "solutions," but very eloquently, in a way I haven't heard before. Now it's up to adults in congress, the White House, state houses, etc., to do something.

And they'd better do something. Because -- and this is really cool -- in a few years the kids will be voting. And eventually they'll be in congress, and in the White House. Sea change coming! 60s all over again! The times, they are a-changin.' 🌳🍁🌷🌻🌻🌺🌸🍄

Carlos Ponce

One can be against gun violence yet not be against the rights endowed by our creator including those found in the Bill of Rights. The laws in place would have worked if it were not for Superintendent Stupid and Sheriff Stupider of Parkland Florida. The students of Parkland should be protesting against these two whose policies made it possible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a weapon.

Andy Brown


Some are:

http://fox2now.com/2018/03/06/wounded-parkland-student-plans-to-sue-school-district-and-sheriffs-office/amp/

Carlos Ponce

Good. While this is not a protest this legal action places blame on the real culprits.

Steve Fouga

Carlos says: "One can be against gun violence yet not be against the rights endowed by our creator including those found in the Bill of Rights."

Carlos speaks the truth. I'm one of those he's talking about. [thumbup]

Jim Forsythe

Steve, this is a song about parkland, Fl
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=song+about+Parkland%2c+Fla&view=detail&mid=7BFB02F338CDED01B8587BFB02F338CDED01B858&FORM=VIRE


Steve Fouga

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Good to know that some of these kids, and kids all over the country, will be voting in the midterms. [cool]

Carlos Ponce

"kids all over the country, will be voting in the midterms."
To vote you must be 18. 18 year olds are not "kids".

Jim Forsythe

if you agree that a child and a kid is the same, the following applies, until they have completed High School they are considered a child.
a qualifying child is a person under the age 19 and in full-time (but not advanced) education or under 18 if High School is complete.
Some High School students vote.

Try getting mental health help for someone in Texas is not easy .Sounds like Florida may be easier to get help for someone. But follow thru is the hard part.
"A psychological assessment service initiated by mother, Henderson Behavioral Health (HBH), show high school resource officer and Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson along with two high school counselors recommending that Cruz be committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act - which allows for the involuntary commitment of a person for at least three days."

Gary Miller

A lot of emotion but no solutions. If the political left got what it wants honest citizens would have no protection from the dishonest. Disarm the honest to empower the dishonest.

Steve Fouga

Plenty of solutions. And some of them will be enacted. Wait and see.

Carlos Ponce

Give us some of your "solutions". Steve. The answer is not in more control legislation. The answer is in enforcing the laws already on the books and putting nut jobs like Nikolas Cruz on the public record so he could not legally purchase a firearm. The Parkland authorities FAILED in doing this. And that includes school and law enforcement.

Steve Fouga

Okay, Carlos, in addition to enforcing current laws:
-- For purchase or transfer of a firearm capable of holding more than 10 rounds, or capable of accepting a magazine holding more than 10 rounds, plus those firearms currently regulated by the National Firearms Act, background checks will be the equivalent of the government's Single-Scope Background Investigation. Purchaser will undergo the same training as required for a License to Carry. This law would apply to all transactions, including among individuals. Seller bears the cost of the investigations and training, and the responsibility for ensuring they happen. Violation is a federal felony, same penalties as for violating the National Firearms Act. Note that lawful possession doesn't constitute a violation, but unlawful sale does.
-- Same law for magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
-- A person is allowed to purchase one firearm capable of holding more than 10 rounds in their lifetime, and one such magazine per year.
-- No new U.S. manufacture of such firearms and magazines after the date of enactment.
-- No importation of firearms and magazines of the types regulated by the law.
-- No restrictions on bayonet lugs, vertical grips, military styling, etc., just capacity.
-- For firearms not covered above, i.e., those not holding more than 10 rounds, background checks would be the equivalent of those required for a License to Carry, and would require similar training and waiting period. Seller bears the cost of the investigation.
-- As of the date of enactment, a national firearms registry is created for all future firearms purchases or transfers.

Carlos Ponce

Chicago -
Ban on assault rifles
Ban on high capacity magazines
Ban on the sale of ammunition
No sales at gun shows, etc.
Chicago during ONE weekend: 82 people were shot, 15 fatally. In 2016 over 4000 shootings.
In 2015 there were 582 shootings in Houston, Texas. That's high. But in the same period there were 2,544 shootings in Chicago. That's higher.
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-gun-violence-shootings-map-shows-6686556.php#photo-9084474

Steve Fouga

You're right, Carlos. My list addresses only the so-called "mass shooting" incidents. Restricting high-capacity autoloaders would in no way prevent or even reduce gun-related suicides or the one-on-one shootings that are far more common.

Paul Hyatt

What is so sad is that some on this board refuse to acknowledge why the Founding Fathers put the 2nd Amendment into our Constitution. They put it in there to protect themselves and future generations from a government that turns on them, to protect themselves from enemies within and from outside our nation. There was NO restriction on what one could own for firepower, nor was there a restriction on who could own a gun.
What the goofy progressive left will never understand is that when you make a Gun Free Zone you are inviting thugs (criminals) who (surprise) don't follow the law! If we are willing to give up our freedoms for so called protections from the government then I do question whether we are even worthy of those freedoms.
When you who hate guns and love government regulations get your way and lose your right to protect yourself, all of your other rights will then start to go away.
Parkland was not a failure of Gun Control Laws, it was a failure of government to do its job. The FBI was to involved chasing its tail trying to impeach a legal President, and the local Police were to afraid to take on that boy who was allowed to buy a gun because no one on the local scene had the guts or the backbone to take him on!
If a conservative doesn't like guns he just doesn't buy one, if a progressive doesn't like guns they don't want anyone to have one.
If a conservative doesn't like religion he doesn't go to Church or pray, if a progressive doesn't like religion they don't want anyone to have anything to do with it.
If a conservative doesn't like to eat meat they just don't eat it and lets everyone eat what they want. If a progressive doesn't like meat then they try to stop everyone else from eating it.
I know many will not see the difference but it is there for any who have eyes to see and ears to hear, just like my other posts tying different types of children being killed. Some resent that I bring up the innocent during this time. IMHO children are children no matter what there age! God knew us as we were being knit within our mothers womb....

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