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Organizers are expecting around 250 participants Saturday for the March For Our Lives demonstration in Killeen that will start around 4:30 p.m. at the Destiny World Outreach Center, 101 N. W.S. Young Drive.

The march, coordinated by the Bell County Democrats and the Killeen branch of the NAACP, will go about half a mile south of the starting location to the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, executive committee member of the Killeen NAACP, said the group was excited to be part of a national movement of protests around the country.

“We’re very excited to see what will be going on around the nation,” she said.

March For Our Lives is a student-led national demonstration protesting gun violence in schools following the shooting death of 17 students Feb 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Driver-Moultrie said an undetermined number of Killeen students will speak at the march’s end point.

Killeen police will be present to direct pedestrians taking part in a march across the bridge on North W.S. Young Street.

Just the bridge on North W.S. Young Street will be shut down, KPD spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said Thursday. The street will remain open to normal traffic.

A counter-protest in support of gun rights will be held 5 p.m. at the Killeen Community Center. Organized by Open Carry Texas, the counter-protest will stand against the Bell County Democrats who call for tighter gun legislation, organizers said, and advocate for the elimination of gun-free zones, according to organizer C.J. Grisham.

Miramontez said officers will be present until marchers are cleared off the bridge, and may stay longer depending on how many marchers are present.

“Decisions will be made the day of the march,” Miramontez said.

Driver-Moultrie said it was her understanding that police would be on hand for security from the beginning of the march at 4:30 until the event concludes at around 6 p.m.

Both of the events are open to the public, and coincide with marches around the nation the same day.

The march was originally scheduled to start at the Killeen school district administration building across the street from Destiny World Outreach Center, but march organizers were “told to not park or walk on KISD property,” Driver-Moultrie said.

Follow #KilleenMarch and check the Herald's website for live coverage of this event. 

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gibson74

The headline " Organizers expecting a big crowd for gun march " is misleading. In my opinion, I don't think 250 is a large number for a crowd. If that is all the citizens that attend the march out of a total population of 143.000 and a student population of 45,000. I think I would classify that a small crowd. The headline should have read," A small crowd expected for student march. "You can spot the K D H bias a mile away.

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Alvin

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@perugipj: In my opinion, you cannot forget the gun because that is at the center of all thought. You may choose to use a substitution of pattern, but if one chooses 'rocks', then the same pattern will hold true. Lets us teach what good morals are, what the cultural aspect teaches us for we have lost our way, our culture and we have to get that back. So banning the gun, rifle, pistol, heavy weapon does nothing in regard to figuring out why certain people exist as they do today, so it brings me back to if one is taught at an early age, then that teaching will remain with them for ever never to loose sight of this principle.

@hacksaw: they are liberalistic in nature, that their whole driving force is corrupt this culture and substitute one of their own. But what culture would be substituted for in their history there are many different cultures and what about the delineation of our existing cultures that has driven us so far.

I do think you have a point in where the culmination of end point is and where the proponents can be set as to the warring aspect, but that is what makes for good news.

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Hacksaw

NAACP a liberal organization? Hardly!
Another semi-militant organization who's sole intent is to stir up trouble and advance the ruse of racism rather than the rule of law.
The biggest threat to America today is not ISIS but rather the Democratic Party!
As for this march; did they register with the city and get a parade permit? If not, how can the city of Killeen justify closing a bridge on the main thoroughfare across town, yet leave the street "open to normal traffic"?
Doesn't it strike anybody as strange that the protest march is routed to end at the same point the counter protest is scheduled to be held?
Sounds like they're making the whole thing terribly convenient for the reporters to create a story rather than merely report on one!

Alvin

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Copy: 'The march, coordinated by the Bell County Democrats and the Killeen branch of the NAACP, will go about half a mile south of the starting location to the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.' End of copy.

As you hay have guessed, the Democrats, who are very liberal and the NAACP, who is also very liberal in their thinking are 'pleased that they are committing our young people to a position that I think is positive in promoting liberalism. I can't think of a better way to position this act.

As has been said many times before, 'it is not the gun which is an innate object, but the one who stands behind the gun, loads the gun, and fires the gun indiscriminately at no one in particular'. So why do we have our young people, that should have been taught at an early age the correctness in the operation of a fire arm, no matter what the caliber, the fact of whether or not the firearm is a single shot, a semi-automatic, or a fully automatic, what the purpose, the accuracy, and what is to be expected of someone handling a fire arm. It is just common sense to expect that of someone who handles a firearm, and I don't excuse anyone of carelessness in owning a weapon and the correctness of when purchased, taking the full responsibility of the weapon that was purchased.

Those are the people who do not, or should not, be able of owning a weapon, not the average citizen. Incompetent people and those who are intent on causing bodily harm should be refrained from owning a weapon, but you can't judge incompetence.

I say leave the 2nd Amendment alone. Let's give the normal citizen the right to purchase and own firearms.

Nobody forced these people to go to a school room and kill innocent men, women, and children, they just took it upon themselves thru whatever kept their boat afloat.

Don't politicize their actions by this display.

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