Two brothers from California still had a long way to go as they departed Brunswick on Tuesday afternoon headed north.
Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby, of Sacramento, Calif., are jogging and biking from Parkland, Fla., to Washington, D.C., in hopes of arriving by March 24 for the March For Our Lives gun law reform rally on the National Mall.
The pair passed through Brunswick Monday and Tuesday and hope to be part of a national conversation on ending mass shootings, like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that claimed 17 lives Feb. 14.
“First, our goal is to support the students and victims murdered at their high school, and to let them know that people from far away are grieving with them,” Isaiah Godby, 27, said. “The goal is also to come up with solutions and find ways to help prevent mass shootings.”
Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby began their journey in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 26, and traveled through Georgia this week for the first time.
Slightly sunburned and probably dehydrated, Isaiah Godby said he’s found talk of “Southern hospitality” to be true, and he’s enjoyed taking in the sights of Coastal Georgia.
“Everything that people say about Georgia is true,” he said. “It’s been great, and it’s lived up to its name. I feel thankful to be in Georgia for such a tremendous trip.”
But in a decidedly pro-Second Amendment part of the country, the Godby brothers’ message may not get the same Southern hospitality they themselves have found. Still, Isaiah Godby is hoping to put politics aside and find real-world solutions to gun violence.
“Whatever side you’re on, I hope people can put political agendas aside and put ourselves in the shoes of the students, victims and their families,” Isaiah Godby said. “There are different ideas for solutions, but at the end of the day, not matter the party you’re in, or your politics, we can’t keep having these mass shootings over and over again.”
The March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., is a political rally set for March 24. It has been organized by high school students in collaboration with the gun law reform nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.