Rep. Cambensy to host Listening Town Hall on School Safety April 29 in Marquette.

The event will feature members of the education and law enforcement community.

Posted by WJMN Local 3 on Friday, April 27, 2018

Why I stand in solidarity with students during National Walk Out

“This can show future generations that kids like us can take a stand,” says Clara Biolo Thompson, co-organizer of March For Our Lives – Marquette. “It’s not just up to the adults and we can have a seat at the table, too.”

I talked with two students, Clara Smith and Clara Biolo Thompson, who co-organized Saturday’s march. Marquette, you should be very proud, your future is in good hands. Watch our interview at tiny.cc/mfolvid.

March for our Lives – Marquette

“This can show future generations that kids like us can take a stand. It’s not just up to the adults and we should have a seat at the table, too.” I talked with student organizers Clara Smith and Clara Biolo Thompson ahead of Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives rally. tiny.cc/mfolmqt

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Friday, March 23, 2018

I am honored to have been able to stand in solidarity with over 50 students at Northern Michigan University for a poignant 17 minutes during the National School Walk Out today outside Jamrich Hall. Today was about honoring the lives of the victims of Parkland and the lives of over 7,000 children who have died from gunshot wounds since the Newtown Elementary School tragedy in 2012.

“Now, we need to do more than walk out. We need to stand up for change.”

NMU President Fritz Erickson and Andrew Lorinser, Candidate for Marquette City Commission

I commend Northern Michigan University for the supportive tone they set in allowing students to walk out. Students were joined by members of faculty and President Fritz Erickson. I cannot speak for Erickson’s stance on gun issues, but I am grateful to know he supports his students’ rights to express issues important to them on campus.

No matter your age, a collective voice can be very powerful. America is finally listening. I am listening. I am proud of the student body to stand in support of real change. With respect for law-abiding mentally-stable individuals’ rights to legally bear arms granted by the Second Amendment, I hope this is a movement for common sense gun reform. It’s time policy makers listen to the will of the people and our students. Your safety is so important. No one should feel unsafe at school.

Guns are not exclusively the problem. America has a lot of work to do on all fronts; in the home, with the mentally ill, among a violent obsessed culture, and in a society structured to outcast fringe people. We also need to work on student inclusion. But, today was about honoring the lives of the victims.

When a mentally unstable individual’s right to bear arms infringes on students’ rights to life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness or a safe education, we need to rethink our gun laws.

Although Michigan disables municipalities to pass city gun reform, as a candidate for Marquette City Commission, I hope to advocate for student safety and I am grateful to have been part of today’s First Amendment exercise. I now encourage students to hold candidates and elected officials accountable when they cast their ballots.

I grew up in the U.P.. Hunting is an important way of life here. The Second Amendment is important for well regulated militia. It is not to be infringed. I support the right to bear arms with extensive background checks, and a renewed system for age requirements. I do not advocate for the immediate and total ban on AR15s, but hope to reclassify the weapon similar to military issued M16s and M4s, which are difficult for citizens to obtain without training, fingerprints, passports, a special license, an extra tax and annual renewal inspections by law enforcement. I support a total ban on bumpstocks and I do not believe arming teachers is the answer.

If you are a law abiding mentally stable citizen willing to participate in legal gun ownership, I believe you have that right. With that said, this country needs common sense gun reform. No one should feel unsafe at school.

It starts with the Sandyhook promise.

I, Andrew Lorinser, promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities. Join the 1.6 million people who’ve made the Sandy Hook Promise at sandyhookpromise.org