The protesters were not only marching to protect themselves now, but in the future as well. Explained Walker, 13, a student at Wesley International Academy: “We’re the kids, we’re the future.”
We asked attendees in the estimated crowd of 30,000 some gut-wrenching questions about why guns should or shouldn’t be sold and how to get legislative response to school gun violence.
Why are we relying on 18th-century laws to regulate 21st-century weapons?
On March 14, Metro Atlanta students as well as students all over America spoke out and protested against gun violence in schools on National Walkout Day. VOX ATL was there to capture their voices.
VOX ATL contributor and North Atlanta High School senior Roya Register participated in her school’s protest during National Walkout Day. She also spoke during the demonstration. She is sharing her speech exclusively with VOX ATL.
Teens from around metro Atlanta are sending their photos and videos to VOX to speak out about today’s National School Walkout. This video is just a small sample.
There are three marches and/or walkouts being organized on March 14, March 24, and April 20. They all have the same general aim of insisting immediate government action to pass a bill addressing the current gun issues in the nation, but have slightly different reasons for their existence and ways to participate in them.
As school shootings continue to happen in America, many people are debating if teachers should be armed and trained to protect students during an emergency. A group of teens at VOX ATL spoke out about this issue and how it can affect them.
The students are anticipating this protest because to them, it will raise awareness about gun violence in America. With over 15 percent of the school attending, they intend to come in big numbers with a bigger voice.
My right, and any kid’s right, to survive a day at school overrides anyone’s right to own whatever gun they want. No question. How many more have to die before we change America’s gun laws?