According to the event's website, the march was organized by survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers.
Across the globe, there were more than 800 sibling marches in addition to the march on Washington D.C. Rory McCarthy, a senior at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland, said she attended March for Our Lives in D.C. because she wanted to protest in the nation's capital. I heard they were clearly not behind a message like that.
Although the Parkland shooting was the spark for organizing March for Our Lives, all three women's decision to march stemmed from a long-term frustration with governmental complacency regarding gun death that has been furthered by recent atrocities. "Students across the country are articulating how fearful they are of going to school and we must listen!"
Following the Parkland shooting, the possibility of arming teachers to prevent school shootings came to the forefront of gun control discourse as a potential solution, one which President Trump seemed to support. "Our community is behind our kids 100 percent, so I think with the support of the parents and the strength of these children, and just the nation being exhausted of seeing this on the news every week, they can make change". Maddie Marrero, one of the student speakers, asked the crowd at the rally. "As angry as I can get over this issue, I really want there to be change".
"I was born the year after Columbine", Avros said. It's always running through my head.
"If they don't keep it up, those that want no change will just sit on their hands".
The students joined the global March for Our Lives rally, carrying signs that read, "Will I Survive High School?" and "Will I Be Next?" "It was fantastic seeing their leadership".
However, the Mumbai march led to some derision on the social media.
According to HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization that promotes participation in democracy, thousands of people may have already heeded that call.
"I don't think any civilians should own any assault weapons", she said.
Given this march was arranged directly in response to the epidemic of school shootings in the United States, it was even more incredible to see the organizers of the event make sure to include other pressing concerns of gun violence.
Yet, the March for our Lives, as the largest youth-led protest since the Vietnam War, directly defies that.
"We will continue fighting for this", she says. Equally upsetting and disgusting, but more confusing than anything. If we measure greatness as being where we stand in comparison with other nations, we rank near the top in most areas. "People teaching in the school systems and people who have kids in schools are ready for change however they can get it". It has been really hard on the people where I am from. "It's not angry, it's determined", said Sara Pratt, a native of Washington D.C. "They should take selfies by the voting booth". Fortunately, voter registration was a heavy focus of the White Plains march that Blatt attended. "Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today's marches happen". It is not the presidential election of 2020 we're working toward; we're working for the midterms.
Blatt, Huntington, and Elfstrom and a great many other Hamilton students who attended marches this past Saturday took an important step to demanding gun control by demonstrating to our representatives and our fellow citizens that this is not an issue people will roll over on.
Shown from left are Sarah Sterns, of Cuyahoga Falls, who helped with the event; and march organizers Zale Piepho, a Firestone Community Learning Center student; and Meredith Gallagher, of Cuyahoga Falls, addressing the crowd. The nationwide protests on Saturday were by far the largest in almost two decades, part of a reignited gun control debate sparked by last month's killings at a Florida high school."This is not the end". Among the marchers were elementary school children, teenagers, teachers and parents. Many carried signs or wore the color orange, which is the official color of gun control advocacy. As an educator, Guagliardo expressed that her hope is to equip her students with knowledge and to empower them, but until recently, students have also embraced that role. In part, that's because far fewer people are injured, but it's also, experts say, because of the outside world's perception of kids who grow up in high-crime neighborhoods. "I support all of the sister marches but it just so happens that I live close enough that I felt really good about being able to come to the D.C. march".