Levi Rodas, 16, from Orem High School, is shown during a pro-gun march, designed by the organizers to advocate for a strengthened schools and more armed teachers, in Salt Lake City, March 24, 2018.
March for Our Lives rally advocate for gun control unfolded in the country on Saturday, some cities saw duel events organized by pro-gun activists.
The state capitals of Utah and Arizona saw supporters on both sides of the issue, but the size of the pro-gun rallies seemed to be significantly smaller.
About 500 pro-gun lawyers in Salt Lake City rally for stronger schools and more armed teachers they marched to the state Capitol building. Later, about 6,000 protesters fighting for stricter regulations on guns were seen walking the same route.
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A similar scene played in Phoenix, where about two dozen gun-rights advocates staged a counterprotest, holding flags and occasionally challenging their opponents to discuss the issues. Their band of supporters was much smaller than the group of about 15,000 people rallying for a more active gun control, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Pro-gun demonstrators gather during a rally, designed by the organiser to advocate for a strengthened schools and more armed teachers, in Salt Lake City, March 24, 2018.
Opposing rallies of the passionate protesters also turned up in Helena, Mont. Teen sisters helped in the compilation of the gun-control case, and said that they felt hope after the survivors of the massacre at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Fla., had began to advocate for change. The Park school was the scene of a Valentine’s day shooting spree, in which 17 people dead.
“Finally, someone to do something about it, except it was not who you would expect — it was us,” Mariah Thomas, 17, said cheers. “It was the pupils of my own age who has decided to put an end to armed violence.”
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In the city outside of the State Capitol, a smaller crowd of gun-rights advocates vowed that no outsiders should dictate gun laws in Montana. One speaker, Montana State University student Joey Chester, drew boos when he referred to the other protest.
“If something went wrong, the first people to show up, people with guns,” said Chester.
“If something went wrong, the first people to show up, people with guns.”
– Joey Chester, student, Montana State University
The march of Life rally was organized by the survivors of the Park to photograph. The suspected shooter in that massacre, Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally purchased AR-15 assault rifle in his attack.
While the day’s main march was held in the capital of the country, approximately 800 sister marches were also planned in London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mumbai, as well as in the Park.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and The Associated Press contributed to this report.