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.