By Léo Azambuja
Kaua‘i joined Washington D.C. and more than 800 communities around the world March 24 to demand gun safety in schools. The island’s community gathered in two locations, in Lihu‘e by the airport and in Kilauea. Despite the stubborn rain, about 200 people showed up with posters in support at the main entrance of Kilauea Town.
School teacher Marie Weber said while growing up as a student, she experienced a few lockdowns in her school. She also grew up fearing for her mom’s life, a public school teacher. Carole Kahn said she is not against the Constitution’s Second Amendment, but she is against civilians owning automatic weapons (automatic weapons produced prior to 1984 are legal in the U.S., and semi-automatic weapons are legal, except for a few places, including Hawai‘i).
Former President Barack Obama Twitter’s message said, “Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen. Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.”