Protesters at GOP rally hope to send message to NRA President Oliver North

MURRAY, KY — Protesters gathered on the campus of Murray State University Friday to make their voices heard.

Students from Marshall County High School and people from advocacy groups came together to protest an appearance by NRA President Oliver North.

Everyone at the protest had one objective.

“I’m here to protest the NRA and why its president is here,” student and protester Alex Karcher said.

Karcher said she hopes the protest will send a message to North.

“I hope that we can get him to see that people want change, and that people aren’t happy with the way things are going,” Karcher says.

The protesters started with a rally at the campus’ free speech area, where people told their stories and experiences with gun violence. Among them was Abede Dasilva, who lost his brother in the Waffle House shooting in Nashville in April.

“It was innocent lives that was taken, and somebody needs to be held accountable. There needs to be a change behind it, whether it’s gun laws or the laws period,” says Dasilva.

There were some heated moments during the protest when a man wearing an NRA hat shouted at the protesters. The protesters shouted back, but things got back on track when they marched down to Lovett Auditorium where North was speaking.

“You can’t just come in here and expect to walk in and walk out, especially after we are just a few months out from a school shooting,” protest organizer Magen Meyer.

As people attending the event walked into Lovett Auditorium, protesters greeted them with shouts. It was two different groups with different ideas in the same place practicing their First Amendment rights.

In addition to the story above, WPSD also brought you live coverage of the protest on Local 6 at Five and Six. If you missed it, you can watch in the video below.