COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – A Cheyenne Mountain High School student is making her voice heard by taking to the streets of Washington D.C. this past weekend in the ‘March For Our Lives’.
We spoke to CMHS junior Madison Tittle who organized the school’s walkout a few weeks ago, calling for an end to gun violence.
Thanks to a sponsorship from local organization, Tittle was able to march with thousands of other activists in our nation’s capital, protesting for stricter gun laws across the country.
Inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaking out on a national stage, Tittle wanted to be in the middle of the experience.
"It’s been 19 years now since Columbine has happened and nothing has happened. I mean that’s longer than I’ve been alive. I’m 17 so I think if something is not going to change on a higher up level with the adults talking and stuff, I think it does need to come from us. We are directly impacted," said Tittle.
Tittle, who hunts and has grown up with guns in the home, says she knows the Second Amendment isn’t going anywhere, but that gun laws need to change.
"I think that limiting the ARs and putting restrictions on that and bump stocks I think will definitely limit stuff like that. I think there also needs to be a lot more talk of mental illness because I think that’s also a big factor in this," Tittle said.
Meanwhile, the Friday before hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the ‘March For Our Lives’, the Colorado Senate did a second reading of a bill repealing a 2013 high capacity magazines ban.
State Senator Owen Hill said, "We basically have a law that only is going to serve to get someone into trouble, if they’ve already gotten in trouble so it won’t do anything to help stop crime. It may be aggravating something after crime. We should just add an aggravation to it and not restrict law-abiding citizens who have legitimate reason to use these."
Senator Hill is sponsoring Senate Bill 52, which would revoke the statute prohibiting the possession of certain larger gun magazines.
"If good intentions stopped bad people, we would’ve solved the problem a long time ago. But sadly we see good intentions aren’t enough to have good policy, and this has not been good policy," said Senator Hill.
The bill moves to the Senate floor for debate, although Senator Hill says the bill will die in the House on a partisan vote.