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High school students marching to Paul Ryan's hometown office for gun reform

High school students in Wisconsin are hitting the pavement, walking 50 miles from Madison to Janesville in order to send a message to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in his hometown.

As part of their "50 Miles More" march, 40 students from Shorewood High School are spending their spring break showing solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting last month. The Shorewood high schoolers started their walk on Sunday, and they'll travel about 12 miles a day until they reach Ryan's office in Janesville on Wednesday. Once there, they'll hold a rally calling for changes to the country's gun laws.

On their website, the students said they are "ready to keep the pressure on our nation's top leaders until gun reform is a priority for Republicans and Democrats. We are not afraid." The 50 Miles More march is an extension of Saturday's March for Our Lives protests, which were attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Catherine Garcia