At the corner of Liberty Boulevard and Route 255 in DuBois stands John Shagena.
Standing for his belief in the second amendment, “the right to life is the right to self-defense,” says Shagena.
He spent his weekend on the side of the streets in DuBois to show opposition for the march of our lives across the country.
“In a gun free zone they’re forced to be sheep even if they do have the capability to defend somebody,” says the protester.
Shagena’s signs have traveled across the country. The gun supporter held them high in Washington during President Obama’s second inauguration. “Some people would say disparaging remarks, but a lot of people came up and would say ‘don’t tell my friends here but I’m on your side.’ because all people want to defend themselves!”
The reason why he wasn’t in Washington this weekend? “I’m a little older now and hiking a long distance, carrying these signs becomes very difficult,” adds the pro-gun supporter.
Shagena says he gets his fair share of backlash but there’s also a lot of support from the community.
He’s been holding the signs for more than two decades and says he won’t be stopping anytime soon.