WASHINGTON, D.C In light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida young adults stood together and raised their voices in honor of all those lives taken by mindless gun violence.
Across the nation in major cities such as Washington D.C, Boston, Los Angles, and New York City youth and adults alike showed their support of stricter gun laws. Some of those in attendance at this march were survivors of the Parkland shooting along with a number of our own Shippensburg University students.
The march took place on March 24, 2017. It had gained major support across the country the twitter page @AMarch4OurLives has over 385.7 thousand followers and the hash tag “IWillMarch” has been seen all across the web. Even celebrities like Hamilton‘s Lin Manuel Miranda and Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt released a song “Found/Tonight,” and a part of the proceeds went to the March for Our Lives Imitative.
Many guest speakers appeared at the events across the country. These speakers included Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter and Amy Schumer. The two speeches that captured the attention of the audience were park land survivor Emma Gonzalez and 11-year-old Naomi Walder. Their speeches were powerful and evoked emotions of sadness, rage, and yearning for change throughout the crowd. The popular tone of these speeches align with the hash tag #NeverForget
According to the website the March is “created by, inspired by, and led by students of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities across the country”. This is a monumental step towards gun control. March for Our Lives intended on cutting out all political agenda and interest groups to take matters into their own hands to place the ever growing pressure and attention on congress.
On their website it specifically states they are pushing for assault rifle bands, compressive background checks, high capacity magazine ban, and Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America.
In the matter of school safety and gun violence there is no more time to waste; every minute is of the essence. The organizers believe that no more life should be lost to these acts and will do everything in their power to prevent it in the future. This is a movement that has been heard nationwide and has now opened the conversation to the young adults who are most affected by this danger. March for Our Lives has now made the voice of the young people just as strong and prominent as a politician which is a monumental success from the movement.