Demanding legislative action to address gun violence and school safety, high school students in Anchorage are taking the lead to organize a local "March for Our Lives" event. On Saturday, March 24, over 800 events across the world will take place to bring awareness to gun violence in schools.

Jennifer Hoadley and Dieuleveut Biringanine, organizers for Anchorage's March for Our Lives joined Daybreak on Thursday to discuss the importance of this event in Alaska.

"Guns are really important for Alaskans," said Biringanine. "But at the same time, we cannot become the exception just because it's controversial to talk about gun laws, and gun control and anything like that in Alaska."

Typically, the event isn't associated with violence in schools.

"We don't have big mass shootings, but we have a suicide problem, a murder problem," said Hoadley. "It's an issue that needs to be dealt with. We're not talking about gun violence in schools, we're talking about gun violence."

March for Our Lives is happening Saturday, March 24, at 12 p.m. on the Delaney Park Strip between I and C Streets. There will be student speakers, followed by a public march.

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