Students who survived the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February are on a country-wide bus tour called the “Road to Change” this summer to push for gun reform legislation. They’ve gained a following — but not just the one you’d might expect.
The students are now being tailed across the country by a group of gun-rights activists called the Utah Gun Exchange, who travel in a military-style armored vehicle and hold their own counter-protests.
The Utah Gun Exchange is classifieds advertisement website for Utah residents to buy and sell guns and gun parts. And members of the group have been following the March For Our Lives students on their tour in an attempt to engage with students, supporters and activists on the topic of second amendment and school safety issues.
“I honestly cannot hate the March for Our Lives folks. In fact, I love them. They’re kids, to the degree that the kids are actually talking,” said Utah guns rights activist Clark Aposhian at one stop on the tour. ”I may be the gun lobbyist, but you’re the gun lobby.”
VICE News embedded with both sides as they geared up for an event in Salt Lake City, where the debate was everywhere — on the bus, in the armored vehicle, and even outside the venue, as supporters and opponents faced off in the parking lot.
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