A group fighting for gun control and another fighting for gun rights protested on two sides of the Indiana Statehouse Saturday morning.Both groups drew between 20 to 30 people, and both held signs for their causes.
The first group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, protested on the side of North Capitol Avenue. Nicki McNally, 39, Carmel, brought her kids with her.
“I think it’s really important that they learn to stand up and say something for themselves,” she said. “Something they believe in.”
Her 8-year-old son, Dylan, was holding up a sign about how often guns kill kids in America.
“You never know who might be one of these kids to die,” he said.
On another side of the Statehouse, gun rights protesters were protesting for the rights of women to carry. The protesters were part of a group called Indiana Moms Against Gun Control.
“Today is the day that we support women’s rights to defend themselves by any means necessary,” said Paul Wheeler, Speedway, who was dressed in colonial clothes.
The two groups appeared to mostly avoid each other, except for a moment when two gun rights protesters passed by the gun control protest, causing one gun control protester to say, “You’re for killing children. That’s bad.”
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Andrea Theis (right) and her young family members, Hannah NcNally (center, left) and Taylor Theis (center, right) hold signs Saturday asking for common sense gun laws. Members of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, and an opposing group of gun rights supporters gathered at the Indiana Statehouse to protest. Photo by Michelle Pemberton / The Star