Gun demonstrations bring out both sides in Southern Colorado

Gun demonstrations bring both sides out

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Hundreds of people walked around downtown Colorado Springs with one message: end gun violence and mass shootings nationwide. 

Linda Cantu organized the event, and says it's not only about furthering gun reform.
"I'm here to figure out a way that we can solve the problem and the issue, and work out something that meets everybody's expectations of a change," Cantu said.

eather Austin was at the march with her middle school-aged daughter and she said she gets nervous every time the school is put on lockdown.

"I don't want to be afraid to send my children to school, and I don't want to be afraid to go to concerts or go to the park," Austin said.

Up the road in Woodland Park was an entirely different scene as dozens of people walked along the side of Highway 24 in a show of their Second Amendment rights.
"We need to come together as a nation instead of dividing ourselves up between gay and straight, black and white and gun and no gun," said gun advocate Robert Gieswein.

Michael Podemski was part of the walk and owns a gun store in Woodland Park. He said it's not about taking the guns away from law abiding citizens.
"Criminals aren't going, 'Yeah you're right. This is a gun free zone. Maybe I shouldn't bring my gun here. That's ridiculous, that's not happening," 
Podemski said.

No matter what side of the gun debate you're on, the marches showed one thing: everyone just wants to be heard.


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