Activists hold rally for gun control in Sarasota this weekend

The rally will be held in Sarasota on Sunday, Aug 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Five Points Park

Activist Madi Markham is hosting a rally on Sunday to get the attention of lawmakers on the polarizing issue of gun legislation.

Markham was in high school when the shooting at Parkland occurred a little too close to home, now she’s an advocate for gun control in Florida.

The former Sarasota high school student turned activist began speaking out on gun control after feeling personally affected by the tragedy experienced by her peers in South Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Unfortunately, there’s been little reprieve this month for people, like Markham, involved with communities still reeling from local shootings. August brought gun violence into the national spotlight again when mass shootings occurred in Ohio and Texas.

There have been 268 mass shootings in the United States in 2019, alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization geared at tracking and documenting gun violence in America.

In the wake of these tragedies, Markham says she takes comfort in “small wins” and refers to Florida’s recently instituted “red flag law” as one of those.

To build momentum for the slow-moving anti-gun violence movement, Markham and others are holding a rally downtown on Sunday that will draw attention to the issue of gun control. Sponsoring the event are Sarasota chapters of Team Enough and Brady.

Markham, now an adult and freshman at Sarasota’s New College of Florida, believes this type of advocacy is key to getting the attention from elected officials on issues concerning gun control.

“Something I definitely learned … is that your legislators don’t think you care if you don’t tell them you care,” said Markham to The Herald-Tribune.

If you care about gun control too and want to make your voice heard, you can join her at Sunday’s rally in Sarasota. The event will be held at Five Points Park, Sunday, Aug 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Melissa S. Razdrih

Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at [email protected].


  • Bill Kaser

    August 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    There have been 7 mass shootings in the United States in 2019, alone, according to the FBI, but not according to a non-profit organization geared towards instilling fear of gun violence in America.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  • Phil Morton

    August 25, 2019 at 6:50 am

    There have been 17 mass killings in the United States in 2019 according to the FBI. “The FBI doesn’t have an official definition of a mass shooting, but defines a mass killing as an incident in which three or more people, not including the suspect, are killed.” There, I fixed your fix.

  • Bill Kaser

    August 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks, I overestimated the total, there have only been 5 mass shootings this year. Note that the number you cited includes things not traditionally considered mass shootings – such as domestic violence, crimes in progress, and more than 1 public location.

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