WE'RE WALKING 50 MILES MORE
From Worcester to gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson in Springfield. AUGUST 22-26
As students, our futures are at risk with each gun manufactured in this country. Smith & Wesson is responsible for the manufacturing of guns like the M&P AR-15. The same model weapon was used in previous mass shootings, including the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting that claimed 12 lives, the rampage in San Bernardino, Calif., that claimed 14, and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17.
These semi-automatic weapons are being manufactured in Massachusetts, a state which doesn't allow the selling of Semi-Automatic weapons. These guns are sold in neighboring states like Maine and Vermont and then illegally brought back into Massachusetts into our communities of color.
To address the epidemic of gun violence and its intersections with economic and racial injustices, we are walking 50 miles to demand that Smith and Wesson invest time and money into the following:
Cease the manufacturing and distribution of all weapons outlawed under the 2004 Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban including Attorney General Maura Healey’s CopyCat Weapon Enforcement.
Fund the research of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ($5,000,000), as Smith & Wesson does not monitor the illegal use of their weapons, or conduct advanced research pertaining to the violence caused by their weapons. The $5,000,000 is broken down as follows:
$1,000,000 in memory of the victims massacred in Aurora by a Smith and Wesson M&P 15
$1,000,000 in memory of the victims massacred in San Bernardino by a Smith and Wesson M&P 15
$1,000,000 in memory of the victims massacred in Parkland by a Smith and Wesson M&P 15
$2,000,000 in memory of the victims of countless everyday gun violence using Smith & Wesson weapons.
why we march
With just three weeks to go to until the 50 Miles More Massachusetts march from Worcester to Springfield, we are posting blogs written by the student organizers. The march will be held August 22nd through August 26th, with a rally outside of Smith and Wesson at the end.