VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local gun rights rally is still planned for Saturday despite another deadly school shooting.
15-year-old Aidan Jackson planned the march back in April in response to “March For Our Lives” protests across the country.
Jackson said he wanted to have an event that showed a different view from students.
“I think it’s important to view a different side of the aisle, to hear opposing viewpoints because hearing on viewpoint from the mainstream media is not good for any mind in developing political views,” he said.
Jackson said the school shootings are horrible but doesn’t believe guns are problem.
“I think a lot of the school shootings have been because we’ve had a moral downgrade in our society. No one can fix that. No politician can fix,” he said.
But, he does believe that there can be things put in place to deter these shootings like having teachers, who already have concealed permit licenses, being allowed to carry their guns in school.
He referred to school shootings in Maryland and Illinois, where resource officers stopped suspects during attacks.
The event starts at noon at Mount Trashmore and will feature a variety of speakers including other students and local politicians.
10 On Your Side reached out to March For Our Lives Hampton Roads.
They told us that they will not be at tomorrow’s rally but are planning to give legislators 2,000 postcards from constituents asking them to pass common sense gun legislation.
Jackson said the rally will go on rain or shine and he encourages anyone, despite different views, to come out.
“I would like to invite everyone to come. It’s important to view different sides of the aisle and to also show support,” he said.