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'We don’t mind getting arrested' | Montgomery Co. students fight for gun vote at Capitol

Students held the silent protest outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's office in the Capitol, demanding action on gun violence.
Credit: CBS News

WASHINGTON - Four Montgomery County Public School students were arrested Friday evening while demanding action on gun control laws. They staged a ‘lie-in’ outside House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office in the Capitol.

Video taken by a fellow student and live streamed on the Montgomery County Students for Gun Control Periscope page showed seven students on the ground outside Speaker Ryan’s office in D.C. For 10 minutes, they were silent on the floor with signs that read ‘ALLOW THE VOTE’ on their chests.

A police officer told them they couldn’t stay on the floor in the hallway or else they could be arrested.

“We don’t mind getting arrested,” one student responded.

After more officers arrived outside Ryan’s office, three students stood up and walked away. Four others stayed behind and were arrested.

“One arrest, four arrests, a thousand arrests isn’t going to stop us until no more children are dying in their schools because of unnecessary guns in the hands of wrong people,” one of the participating students said during the live stream.

The lie-in came several hours after 10 people—mostly students—were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

"No more silence! End gun violence!" the students chanted while their friends were taken into custody.

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“We’re tired of hearing on the news that kids are being killed. And, meanwhile, Paul Ryan is doing nothing about it,” a student said.

“We shouldn’t have to go to school worried that we’re going to have to bury our friends or that our friends are going to have to bury us,” another student said.

One of the students arrested is a senior at Blair High School, who is also a co-president of the Montgomery County Students for Gun Control. Another student is a senior at Richard Montgomery High School. The other two students taken into custody also are seniors in high school.

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“To any politician that doesn’t want to vote on this issue, imagine if it were your children, your grandchildren. Then what?” asked one of the participating students. “We are watching our friends be slaughtered in school, a place where they should feel safe a place where they could go to be educated to make our society a better place.”

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