Dozens of students, parents and residents trekked to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24 to participate in the student-led protest against gun violence. Hundreds of protestors showed up outside the U.S. Embassy in London; protests also took place in Paris; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Sydney. Of course, one of the things that made this event different from other protest marches in Charlotte is that it was organized by high school students, one of them being Myers Park High School senior Maddie Syfert. They called upon supporters to vote officials who do not support gun control measures out of office.
Organized by students after a mass shooting with an AR-15 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 took the lives of 17 people, the demonstration in the nation's capital drew an estimated 800,000 protesters and around two million people in rallies held across the United States and around the world, including one in Scranton, making it one of the largest protests in American history.
Several Hopkins students traveled to D.C.to lend their support.
One of the SGA members who organized the buses was Freshman Class Senator Lauren Paulet.
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.
"Gun violence has never been a new issue for me, and especially growing up in this country as a woman of color, gun violence is present not only within our community but through the lens of police brutality", Doumbia said.
Coloring his reality: A young student sat next to artistic posters about gun violence at Saturday's march.
While I understand the desire to possess certain a gun out of fear, the truth is in the numbers, gun violence goes down when they are not available. "It affects everyone. A bullet doesn't discriminate". It was the students who showed the grace and dignity the day required. "How do you have a conversation with a child about gun violence who stills believes in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy?" It made her think about Jackson's role in the national debate. "I was born into the era of mass shootings".
Emma Gonzalez, who was the last Parkland student speaker at the event, said that it only took six minutes and 20 seconds for the shooter to alter the lives of the community forever. A timer went off, after which Gonzalez continued her remarks.
"Enough is enough" became a rallying cry for students after the shooting in Parkland. "Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job".
Her father, Patrick Gallagher, said he and his wife are proud of their daughter and her friends, and they plan to stand alongside them in their efforts. The student-led march was so large, the line of participants waiting to walk looped all the way down 8th Street South.More news: Barclays to pay $2B to USA to settle mortgage suit
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Gallagher, 15, said she saw a story about the march planned for Washington, D.C., and decided Akron needed one as well. "It's really powerful and it makes a big difference".
LaPere acknowledged the criticism directed towards the musical performances at the March.
The national organization behind the march said more than 800 marches took place around the world Saturday.
A 10-year-old boy, who won't be able to vote until 2026, said even he can be a part of the change he hopes for the country.
March for Our Lives drew demonstrators from various age groups.
"Well, here in Washington we are demanding an assault weapons ban". As Kevin Mahnken reports, proponents say that extending suffrage to younger teenagers could make them lifelong voters and improve civic engagement, while skeptics argue that 16- and 17-year olds simply aren't mature enough for the ballot.
"We're not giving up", Bauer said.
Politicians across the nation have made it clear they do not fear our youth; for, to majority, teenagers are nothing more than reckless kids full of angst, and that we act out of emotion instead of by means of knowledge.
"We want to help others make a change", Deitsch said.
High school students hold a sign that reads, "Guns are meant to kill". "He's safe, and thankfully everyone's okay, but this was a couple of weeks back, shortly after Parkland". "It just blew me away", said Sutton.