"It's a shared message: That we are all standing here against gun violence", Wright said. "But we have to remember that soon, we will be the ones running for office and setting the example for generations that come after us".
Newtown Action Alliance has been working with students who are committed to this cause. "We need resources. That's really big because you can't get people off the streets, jobs or anything like that unless we have the resources to do so". I have nothing against the Second Amendment, or the right for any citizen to own and carry a gun, but my accommodation to firearms does not extend to assault weapons for civilians; a sentiment shared by most of the participants of these marches.
Ricky Pope is a junior at Northwestern Senior High School and knows the pain of losing classmates to gun violence. Now, the challenge is making sure those voices stay prominent in the national conversation about gun control. The event began at Government Plaza at 2:00 p.m. with some brief bullhorn speeches and chants to energize the large crowd that came out despite the 40-degree rainy weather.
The March was organized by Alex Clavering, CLS '20, Julia Ghahramani, CLS '20, Olivia Shihn-Au Li, CLS '19, and Ankit Jain, CLS '19, and saw strong attendance from Barnard and Columbia students.More news: ICC to review code after "worst" behavior in recent memory
"School shootings are a prevalent issue that we face and especially being in close proximity to New York City, [marching is] something that...we are obligated to do", Reilly said. This is unacceptable. If this attitude continues, Americans will allow this pervasive racism to prosper alongside gun violence. "Ricardo was his name, can y'all say it with me?"
"There's a lot of different groups that are targeting gun violence in different ways, but they're all saying the same thing", she said. They aren't impossible to enforce.
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"Well, obviously, the kids have to compel other kids like them to register to vote and then to actually show up on Election Day - that's important and that's really, I mean, this is great and it's a moment and maybe a movement, but they need to follow it up with voting", Kelly, co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), said during an interview at the March for Our Lives on Saturday. She pointed out that Black Lives Matter has been championing the same goals and was ignored in the media, even though black lives have been put at risk more disproportionately than any other race in America.More news: Ireland Sets Date For Controversial Abortion Referendum
Sam Fuentes was shot and struck by shrapnel at the Parkland school shooting, but survived and gave a speech at the March For Our Lives. During this march, we were surrounded by the most supportive people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. "If there was gun control, we wouldn't be here". We will get rid of these public servants that only serve the gun lobby. The 74 spoke with dozens of these students, many of whom traveled hours to get to Washington.
The NRA would have you believe that anyone who supports sensible gun control is some kind of crazed radical, and that any effort to legislate reasonable gun control is an effort to take away people's guns.
Today, I marched alongside hundreds of thousands of passionate individuals.More news: Greek club chair gets 3-year ban from football