March for our Lives rally brings out hundreds and counteraction

There was a tremendous energy in the streets of Downtown Rapid City Saturday morning.

Hundreds came together to march for their lives and stand with the Black Hills State University College Democrats, Queer South Dakota, and Indivisible Rapid City.

Adam Else, president of BHSU College Democrats, says "We knew we were going to have a turnout, we didn't expect it to be this big."

Student leaders say it was an event calling for common ground.

Abigail Ryan, a student from Stephens High School, says "We're not trying to restrict law abiding citizens from obtaining firearms, we are trying to prevent the wrong people from obtaining firearms and we're also trying to reduce the amount of military grade weapons in our society because that's just not necessary for citizens to own."

Else says, "I think we really have a lot of people behind this because everyone wants to see this end, either side you're on this is a non-partisan movement.

On the other side, a group saying it is not the guns that are an issue, but it is the violence and not being proactive.

Larry Newman, pro Second Amendment, says "You got to figure out what you're going to do with the people that make society unsafe whether it's because they're mentally ill or not necessarily mentally ill but handicap or plain evil.

Crystal, pro Second Amendment, says "Not having metal detectors, not having sentinels in the schools to protect them in the event of a violent act is not wise and we're beyond the point of needing that. We need to become more proactive in protecting our children."

On both ends, the element of time prompting them to feel the way that they do.

Newman says, "I think alot of them are stupid but mostly they are just ignorant. They haven't lived enough life to know what's going on in the world and they're being guided by a bunch of socialists that are trying to destroy the country."

Ryan continues, "This generation is really the first generation having to grow up with this fear and so it's directly impacted us and we see that our lives are at stake here and so I definitely think that this generation, that the pressure is on for our representatives to act or else we will make the changes on our own."

Those same messages coming from thousands of cities across the country.