I want this movement to be like the other ones remembered in history for the change they brought about. I don’t want it to be over. We have so much more work to do.
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.
I march because I wonder… at what point is our right to not be murdered more important than one’s right to bear arms?
Why are we relying on 18th-century laws to regulate 21st-century weapons?
We had to mostly refrain from being political (even though gun control is a political issue) and stick firmly to the Catholic beliefs, like Pro-life and common-sense universal background checks.
My life, my safety at school should always come before guns, and as a country we are failing in our ability to protect our most vulnerable, so I am marching for change.
I march so I can see a positive change in our future, a future where students aren’t afraid to go to school, wondering if they should duck and cover whenever they hear a noise coming from the hallway.
I march because, even though we will face consequences for the walkout on [Wed., March] 14th, we saw little to no response from the local and national leaders.