3 gather in Albion with protest signs to support ‘March for Our Lives’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2018 at 2:16 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Three residents from Orleans County decided to be part of a local “March for Our Lives” protest for gun control.

There are thousands of people, many of them high school students, at protests around the country, including a big rally in Washington, D.C., seeking tougher gun control laws and safer schools.

Diana Dudley, center, led a one-hour observance this afternoon in front of the Orleans County Courthouse on Main Street. She is joined by Gary Kent, left, of Albion and Dennis Seekins of Lyndonville.

Dudley said she wanted to support the students who are rallying for more gun control.

The issue has gained prominence since a mass shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed, and many of the survivors have become outspoken in the need for safer schools.

Seekins acknowledged many in Orleans County oppose additional restrictions on gun owners.

“It’s more important in a place like this,” he said. “It’s easier when everyone agrees with you.”

Seekins said he was a member of the NRA but dropped out in the early 1990s when Bill Clinton was president. Seekins said the NRA called Clinton “the enemy.”

“People in our country shouldn’t talk about the president as the enemy,” he said. “We aren’t enemies even though we might disagree vehemently.”

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