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March For Our Lives and its hundreds of sibling marches may have ended Saturday, but a group of Wisconsin students decided to keep walking in support of the movement's cause — all the way to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's office in Janesville, Wisconsin.
The students, many of whom attended local Wisconsin marches Saturday, set out Sunday morning from Madison, the state's capital. Drawing inspiration from the 54-mile civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, in 1965, the students have dubbed their protest walk "50 Miles More." They hope their 50-mile trek to the Republican congressional leader's office will help keep the spotlight on gun reform.
The students settled on marching dozens of miles over four days, during their spring break, to Ryan's Janesville office. They coordinated bus transportation for students, found high school gyms where they could sleep along the way, and relied on parent supporters to provide meals.
The students' demands include banning "military-style weapons" and accessories that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. They also want background checks and a four-day waiting period on all gun sales.
While Ryan recently supported the Stop School Violence Act, that bill focused on identifying threats of school violence rather than addressing access to firearms. Ryan has previously won an "A+" rating from the National Rifle Association.
Read the full article about students pressuring Paul Ryan on gun control by Rebecca Ruiz at Mashable.