Rally to end gun violence held outside Smith & Wesson in Springfield

Students, educators, faith leaders to rally outside Smith and Wesson HQ

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts students, along with local educators and faith leaders, held a rally outside Smith & Wesson’s headquarters in Springfield Wednesday afternoon.

The demonstrators held signs asking Smith & Wesson to stop selling semi-automatic rifles. The rally included testimony from students, educators and victims of gun violence.

The gun Nikolas Cruz used to shoot and kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was made by Smith & Wesson in Springfield. The Pioneer Valley Project points out that the guns used in the deadly Auoroa, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California, shootings were made there as well.

According to State House News Service, students from Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester, and Boston will be rallying to demand a meeting with the gun manufacturer’s chief executive to discuss how they can help reduce gun violence.

The rally coincides with Wednesday’s nationwide school walkouts held in remembrance of the Parkland victims and in protest of gun violence.

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