Gun-Rights Advocates Gather Near Romeoville High School During Moment Of Silence

Bernie Tafoya
March 14, 2018 - 2:23 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- During a time students at Romeoville High School students were observing 17 minutes of silence in memory of the Florida school massacre victims, pro-gun supporters were gathering nearby.  

The pro-gun supporters gathered at the local park district water park within sight of Romeoville High School.

Fewer than 10 pro-gun supporters showed up including Mary Callison of One Million Moms Against Gun Control.  She blames school massacres like Parkland, Florida on "deranged people,” not AR-15 rifles.

Mary Callison
Mary Callison of One Million Moms Against Gun Control (Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

"What we’re protesting is the fact that everyone’s blaming this gun for it (the massacre). It’s an inanimate object. It looks scary but it’s nothing more than a hunting rifle," she said.

"Our hearts go out to those poor kids getting shot up in schools by these deranged people that have horrible mental issues."

She and Ann Marie Suter were two women who spoke publicly at the pro-gun gathering. Four men who showed up did not want to express their 2nd Amendment views publicly.  

Romeoville resident Bill Startz showed up to protest the pro-gun supporters.

"It hurts my soul to see what’s going on in this country and our schools. These children deserve to speak their minds without these type of people trying to intimidate them," he said. "I think it’s ludicrous. I don’t for the life of me understand why they feel the need to step on these children’s voices today."

The gathering broke up about the same time as students inside were ending their 17 minutes of silence.