MINOCQUA - People chanted "Enough is enough" throughout downtown Minocqua Saturday afternoon. Hundreds marched from St. Matthias Episcopal Church to Torpy Park to protest gun violence in schools. This was just one of over 800 March For Our Lives events across the world today. The marchers had a very clear message: school shootings need to end.
Eric Olsen used to be a member of the NRA, but something changed his mind.
"We realized that wasn't the life I wanted to live that wasn't the life we wanted to live so I got rid of all my guns," said Olsen, from Eagle River.
That something was his one-year-old daughter.
"We want to raise her in a safe world and know that she can go to school and go out in public and go to events like this and come home safe," said Olsen.
Olsen, his wife Phoebe Spier and hundreds of others came out to the Minocqua March For Our Lives to protest gun violence in schools.
"[We] support this cause because this is relay something that needs to be spoken about," said Lakeland Union freshman Annika Sedelis.
Students like Annnika Sedelis and Xylina Graff and are scared seeing shootings happen around the country in schools.
"Being in a small area, it's like all these small areas can still get hit by this gun violence," said Graff.
It can happen anywhere. That is something Northwoods Progressives member Kathy Noel found out when her community in Denver was hit with gun violence in 1993.
"I was one of the people that when it happened in our community, I said, well I never thought this could happen here," said Noel.
The Northwoods Progressives organized the march to join the hundreds of other cities across the world to march for their lives. People came out to say "enough is enough," and they want guns to be regulated.
"We're not trying to take away hunting rights or [guns from] people trying to protect their homes but we don't think semi-automatic rifles are necessary for a common citizen," said Erin Jorgensen, from Minocqua.
Seeing those rifles in the wrong hands is something that scares Spier and Olsen. It's something they never want to see affect their daughter or any other child.
"Having a small child, I can't imagine sending her to school every day and fearing that I might not be able to see her when she comes home," said Spier.
March For Our Lives was organized nationwide by the students who survived February's massacre in Parkland, Florida.