Students begin march to Paul Ryan's hometown to demand gun control
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High school students in Wisconsin on Sunday began their 50-mile march from the state’s capital to GOP Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE’s hometown to call for action on gun control.

The students planned the "March for Our Lives: 50 Miles More" to take place the day after hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in every U.S. state to demand action on school safety and gun control.

"I think we have a unique opportunity because the speaker of the House is the most important member of the House, and he's from Wisconsin," Brendan Fardella, one of the march organizers, told CNN. "This is a unique way to catch his attention and call him out for his constant burying of possible gun legislation that would save hundreds of lives every day in this country."

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The group of 40 students is planning to walk about 13 miles a day, reaching Janesville, Wis. on Wednesday.

The students are calling for a series of specific gun reforms, including bans on the sale of "military-style weapons, and all weapons of war" and raising the legal purchasing age for all guns to 21 years, according to their website.

The group, from Shorewood High School near Milwaukee, carried signs and played music as they marched, according to CNN. They are also planning to honor a different victim of gun violence after every mile.

"We don't see this as a political issue," Fardella said. "It's a human rights issue."