Today, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to demand action against gun violence. Organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 last month, the March for Our Lives showcased impassioned teens calling on Congress to enact stricter gun-control laws.
Hundreds of “sibling protests” took place across the country. We attended the march in ALLENTOWN, PA where an energetic crowd listened to student speakers, who spoke openly of gun control measures.
Though many in attendance were there to support gun safety legislation, the march produced a small number of counter-protesters with signs affirming the Second Amendment.
The March for Our Lives is the second of three similar but separate national events focusing on gun violence.
National Walkout Day was March 14, when students left class for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim of the Parkland shooting.
On April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, the Network for Public Education encourages a “day of action to prevent gun violence.” Its suggestions to educators include wearing orange, organizing sit-ins, assemblies and a moment of silence.