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This Father Did Not Participate in Saturday’s Anti-Gun March

As thousands took to the streets to try to remove firearms and 'disarm hate,' one dad of a Parkland victim shared his own views

As thousands of Americans poured into the streets of major cities across this country on Saturday — including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and so many others — one father did not participate.

He was not “marching” during the March for Our Lives protests.

He did not walk around with posters or signs or anything crudely written on his hands.

He did not join with others who were carrying messages that said, “Wayne LaPierre Sucks!” or “Save Kids, Not Guns” or any other anti-gun, anti-violence, anti-Second Amendment message.

He believes there are other ways to share one’s views and accomplish change.

Ryan Petty, who lost his beloved 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, on February 14 in Parkland, Florida, spoke Saturday with Neil Cavuto of Fox News. Previously, this grieving father had posted on Twitter: “Instead of walking out of school on March 14, encourage students to walk up. Walk up to the kid who sits alone at lunch and invite him to sit with your group; walk up to the kid who sits quietly in the corner of the room and sit next to her … Walk up to your teachers and thank them; walk up to someone who has different views than you and get to know them — you may be surprised at how much you have in common.”

Check out this father’s comments on Saturday morning as thousands took to the streets:

This article has been updated. 

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