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March for Our Lives sweeps across Montana

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Millions of people took to the streets for a national March for Our Lives event.

The marches born out of the tragedy on February 14th, 2018 when a lone gunman opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida where17 people died.

From their students at the school came together in a single cause  to push a nation that has offered thoughts and prayers to doing something more.

In Montana, thousands of people came together for marches held across the state.

"I think change needs to be made and restrictions need to be made on guns," said West high school student, Virginia Montague.

"Since Columbine, people have been waiting for action, and we haven't gotten it yet so this is what this is about today," said Nina Coppolillo, Bozeman community organizer. 

From the events that happened at Columbine, Sandy Hook elementary and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, people across the nation are taking matters into their own hands in an effort to reduce gun violence.

"We're tired of having to be afraid that we will be shot when we walk into our schools and we shouldn't have to be afraid to die when being educated," said Helena community organizer, Amalie Hodges.

Jessica Scheer from Moms Demand Action said while the kids voices are loud and clear, it's important for adults to stand with them.

"We want to create a safe gun environment and keeps our kids safe in schools," adds Scheer.

"In the interest of child safety, I think there should be some legislation enacted," said Joe Davidson from Helena.

David Reynolds in Bozeman said he's marching for better laws that will protect the American people.

"This is what we expect of Congress, this is what we pay them for," adds Reynolds.

While the March of  Our Lives protest only lasted one day, students, parents, teachers and supporters said their message remains ongoing.

"I guess our take home message is anyone can make a difference," said Billings organizer Paloma Whitworth. "Anyone can contact their legislator, get out.. vote... even if you can't vote yet...because you are a student; you can still make a difference and I think today will empower a lot of change."

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