In a middle school auditorium Saturday, state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, had a message for those looking to combat gun violence: take a page out of the National Rifle Association handbook.
“The reason the NRA has been successful in this country … is the NRA voters don’t care about other issues,” Linsky said. “You have to be tough. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”
The event, held at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, was organized by 18-year-old Hopkinton High School student Devon Rutter, as well as the groups Stop Handgun Violence and March for Our Lives Boston.
Unannounced, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, swept through the event. Her presence visibly galvanized attendees, as she hugged her constituents, posed for photos, and gave a passionate speech.
“It’s an honor to fight alongside you,” Warren told the group. “This is how we will make democracy work.”
Officials urged continued action from students. Warren, Linsky and Clark were joined by five state legislators in telling students to write, call and meet with their representatives repeatedly, keep staging events, educate themselves on the issues, and especially, to vote. Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer sat in the audience for the first hour.