GULF BREEZE — Local activists from Santa Rosa County will gather for what they’re calling a sibling march as part of the March for Our Lives Movement. The march takes place at 10 a.m. March 24 at Gulf Breeze High School, 675 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
The march is one of more than 800 happening around the country led by students and survivors of gun violence.
Led by co-organizers, Pensacola State College freshman Taylor Smith and Gulf Breeze High School junior Isabella Ludergnani, the Gulf Breeze march is not aimed at taking away guns but ending gun violence. This national day of action will call on lawmakers to make students’ lives and safety a priority and to pass common-sense gun safety legislation.
"Gun safety is such an important issue because I want to feel safe on my college campus, or really anywhere," Smith said. "Mass shootings have occurred at churches, concerts, night clubs and movie theaters. A mass shooting can happen anywhere in any town. This must change." "This march is not meant to polarize people but bring us together to promote public safety and sensible gun reform," Ludergnani said.
Both organizers are hoping for a peaceful rally that will bring the community together while promoting gun safety.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Panhandle group leader, Lori Broadhurst, said they support the march and have helped with logistics.
"We don't want to take the lead," Broadhurst said. "This is a student-led movement. People need to hear what the kids have to say."