INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Thousands of people rallied inside the Statehouse Saturday for gun reform. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally in Indianapolis moved the event inside due to weather.
Watch the footage rally above.
Organizers said the Statehouse can hold up to 6,000 people. With only one entrance opened for visitors, hundreds of people stayed remained outside as the rally took place, with people lined up around the Statehouse.
March for Our Lives was organized by students around the state. Students across the country had also led similar events with hopes of changing laws on guns.
One of the youngest students behind the event was Isabella Fallahi, 15, a freshman at Carmel High School. She was also a speaker.
“This shouldn’t be the norm,” she said. “This shouldn’t be happening period, and yet, here it is still. After Sandy Hook, after Columbine, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, it’s still happening.”
For Fallahi, the national movement may have started in Parkland, Fla., but it hit home when threats targeted Carmel High School last month. Although no one was hurt and two students were arrested for making threats, the freshman remembers how scared her classmates were.
“This girl starts breaking down crying, she’s like ‘Please close the door. Someone close the door.’ Like, why are we worrying about this?” asked Fallahi. “We’re rallying together and we’re going to make a statement that we’ve had enough.”
The crowd was made up of students, educators, parents and grandparents. Organizers had blocked off seats for lawmakers to easily hear what speakers had to share.
“We have our legislators sitting right here at the front because our message is to them,” said Warren Central senior, Brandon Warren. “It’s not only to them, it’s to the people. It’s to the people of Indianapolis, to the people of this great country that we have to work together. We have to work together as teens, as legislators, we have to work together as a community, a large body.”
Approximately ten months ago, Warren lost a friend, Dijon Anderson, who was shot and killed. That’s what got him involved.
“Ever since then I’ve been passionate about this move,” said Anderson. “Every life lost, I’ve been passionate about this move. I’m going to stand and fight for everything we believe about youth violence.”
Students said they were keeping notes on which lawmakers, of all levels, were in attendance. Some will be voting for the first time this spring and wanted to know who is listening to them and open to discussing issues that matter to them.
“For them to come out and say, if you don’t hear our voice, you will hear our vote, I think that’s really strong and I’m proud of them,” said Lisa Taylor, a grandmother of five students who are all enrolled in schools.