Students to march 50 miles to Ryan's hometown to demand gun control

Students in Wisconsin are organizing a 50-mile march to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE's (R-Wis.) hometown later this month to demand action on gun control.

The students plan to begin the trek, called March for Our Lives: 50 Miles More, in Madison, Wis., and will march to Janesville, Wis.

The 50-mile march will begin on March 25, a day after the March for Our Lives event, where people will rally in Washington, D.C., and across the country for action against gun violence.


March co-leader Katie Eder, a senior at Shorewood High School in Wisconsin, said she knows it's easy for the media and politicians to move on from gun violence tragedies.

"We have grown up experiencing school shootings followed by this inaction, and we refuse to let it happen this time,” she said in a press release.

“We want to make sure that when the March For Our Lives events end on the 24th, people don’t stop talking and thinking about the need for gun reform."

She said students won't stop calling for change after the march.

"That is why we are taking on a multi-day march: when the cameras have turned off on the 24th, we will pick up the torch and carry it directly to Paul Ryan’s front door," she said.

"By marching together, we are showing that the issue of gun violence transcends political, racial, and geographical boundaries and that we are united in the fight we are bringing to Paul Ryan.”

Organizers are working with the sheriff's department and local officials to plan for the event in Wisconsin, according to the press release.

Students plan to sleep in high schools along the route and will walk about 13 miles a day over the course of four days, the group said.

According to the group's website, the reforms they are seeking include 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.

The group is working with organizations including March On, a coalition of women-led political activist groups.

March On executive director Vanessa Wruble said the group is honored that the 50 Miles More student leaders "reached out to us and we are committed to supporting them in any way that we can."

“But the fact is, we look forward to listening to them and learning from them as they show the world what they are made of," she said.

"They are fearless and they are pushing a level of change we couldn’t have dreamed of a month ago. We are in awe of what they are accomplishing.”

The march comes after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida last month. Since the shooting, students across the country have demanded that lawmakers pass new gun laws to prevent future shootings.