Local pro-gun activists say taking away gun rights is not the way to stop mass shootings

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A local pro-gun rights group wanted to let their voice be heard in connection to the "March For Our Lives" events that took place this past weekend.

Members said they agree that mass shootings need to stop. Adding that students need to be protected and have a right to feel safe. However, they say their methodology is what separates the two groups.

The pro-gun activists took their rights to the next level by attending a class on the constitution of the United States. They say along with their right to bear arms, they want to know more about how the government is or is not enforcing the laws created by their forefathers.

"If you look at the way we practice government today, it looks as though government is the one who grants us our rights. Government is there to prevent injustice and protect our rights. Our rights do not come from the government because what the government gives, the government can take away," said Stephanie Shade, who teaches the class.

The group protested this weekend as well, making sure both sides were heard.

"People are hopping on gun control and saying that is the solution to the problem when in reality tragedies will occur no matter what the gun laws are like," said David Vusich, pro-gun activist.

Activist Luke Borgeling adds, "The Constitution says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed, the problem is not the gun, the problem is the person holding the gun, if guns murder people then it's the pencil that misspells the word."

"I would like to see people recognize why we are having school shootings and not so much what tools the children are using but why it is happening and i think that is the conversation that is not taking place," continues Vusich.

The group says knowledge is power and they plan to keep studying the constitution and defending the right to bear arms.

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