CU Boulder students advocate for gun violence prevention – Broomfield Enterprise

University of Colorado Boulder student organizers with Students Demand Action and other community members spoke about the impact of gun violence at a small rally on campus Monday.

The rally began with a moment of silence at 2:30 p.m., one week after a gunman walked into a King Soopers in south Boulder and killed 10 people. The broader campus also participated in a moment of silence at the same time.

University of Colorado Boulder freshmen Ellie Karp, left, and Cecilia Thyen hold signs during a rally Monday that honored the lives of the 10 people killed March 22 in a mass shooting. The rally was in front of Norlin Library on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

Students Demand Action is a part of national advocacy organization Everytown For Gun Safety, which CU Boulder sophomore Devon Romero got involved with as a teenager.

When Romero was 17, her father was killed by an armed intruder who broke into their home.

“It’s one of those things that doesn’t make national news, and that’s a big reason I joined Students Demand Action,” she said. “After it happened to me, I realized it can happen to anyone. You shouldn’t wait for it to happen to you to want to make change.”

Romero, who is president of the group’s CU Boulder chapter, said her father’s death was preventable. The man who killed her father was a felon who shouldn’t have been able to access a gun.

The goal of the Monday rally, she said, was to unite the CU Boulder and larger Boulder community.

“Our main message is about saving lives,” she said. “The more we can do now, the less lives we can lose in the future.”

Denver teacher and organizer Tim Hernández addressed a crowd of almost 50 people at the rally Monday in the Norlin Quad, asking attendees to consider how gun violence goes far beyond mass shootings that dominate headlines. Gun violence can occur in domestic disputes, in the oppression of people of color and in policing, he said.

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Hernández said he didn’t want to hear that gun violence was too big of a problem because of the country’s culture or systems.

“Culture and systems are upheld by people, that means you have a choice what system and what culture, do you want to build at CU Boulder, the larger Boulder community, in Denver and the larger Colorado state community,” he said. “I invite you into that work.”

Freshman CU Boulder students Isabel Miller and Emerson Fisher said they attended the rally because they want to get more involved with campus efforts to prevent gun violence.

“I think we have a long way to go, so continuing to go to events like this is really, really important,” Miller said.



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