This morning at 10 a.m., students from several Leelanau County high schools joined a nationwide school walkout on the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

After my great-great-grandfather returned from the Civil War, laws regarding firearms were passed by many different units of government. Laws in Michigan prohibited the firing of guns in towns. Traverse City Police Chief Blacken had lots of firearms turned in to his office in 1926. Blacken dumped the guns in Grand Traverse Bay, ensuring the public’s safety from dangerous misfires.