March for Our Lives’ message was loud and clear
Massive crowds rallied across the country to protest existing gun laws and send a message to lawmakers in Washington and around the world.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized the “March For Our Lives” after a shooter’s rampage killed 17 students and staff on February 14 in Parkland, Fla. In one of the world’s deadliest school shootings. More than 800 anti-gun violence rallies were held worldwide today.
In Washington and other sister protests in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and more, students from throughout the nation called for Congress to “enact stricter gun-control laws in response to the nation’s relentless two-decade stretch of campus shootings,” reported NBC News.
Their indisputable message, resonating in each of the protests worldwide, was centered around the lack of action that has been typical of federal lawmakers in response to school massacres and inaction regarding gun violence in the country.
Lyrics of a song specifically composed by the Stoneman Douglas Drama Club, highlight the young activists’ message. “You’re not gonna knock us down. We’ll get back up again,” was sung throughout the country in the protests, sending strong and heart-felt messages to the crowds listening, watching and marching with them and by their side today.
“You may have hurt us but promise we’ll be stronger, and we’re not going to let you win. We’re going to put up a fight. You may have brought the dark but together we will shine the light.
“We refuse to be ignored by those who will not listen. … The smallest words can make the biggest difference. … Demand actions from your politicians. … Be the voice for those who don’t have one. … Everyone deserves to be safe. … We won’t go to school in fear. … Together we have the power to change the world …” were part of the powerful lyrics composed by Parkland students.
In Boston, thousands marched through Park Square on Stuart Street to Boston Common, echoing the same sentiments and message of stricter gun laws to federal lawmakers and to the NRA.
March for Our Lives’ protesters showed their presence at the rallies throughout the country. They didn’t need the press to disseminate their message and hundreds of thousands believed in their activism and showed up to support them and stand united in the cause. The Twitter posts depict some of what took place worldwide.
Zoe Gordon, 15, is a sophomore at MSD High School who survived the mass shooting in February. Amy Goodman spoke with Zoe and her journalism classmates today at the rally. The other side of her sign says, "Here is an equation for you—Love over guns." #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/8ReGXq34em
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 24, 2018
— Mark Gartsbeyn (@markgartsbeyn) March 24, 2018
— F L G L (@FLGLchicago) March 24, 2018
— delight to delirium (@camannwordsmith) March 24, 2018
— 𝒽𝑜𝓅𝑒 (@rodrick_rulez) March 24, 2018
Can You Feel that Tremor in the Force?
It’s called Change. And It’s Coming Like a Freight Train!
— Sabine☮️ (@SabineResists) March 24, 2018
Too many of our children lose their lives to gun violence–so these families are stepping up, letting their voices be heard, and saying #enough is enough. #MarchForOurLivesBoston pic.twitter.com/mnDoQZcElI
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 24, 2018
— Dan Fortner (@talkbernietome_) March 24, 2018
Leaving all of our signs in front of Donald’s hotel as a reminder that this does not end today. We’re going to keep fighting like hell until no school in America ever has to do a lockdown drill again #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/U1FmCJq5ve
— Elizabeth Blackwell (@elizablckwll) March 24, 2018
— Elise Bauman (@baumanelise) March 24, 2018
"I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential." –Naomi Wadler, 11 #MarchforOurLives pic.twitter.com/r8ZjbLxR1J
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 24, 2018
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) March 24, 2018
— JRS (@Mooharpist) March 24, 2018
— Peggy M 🌊 (@PMihacsi) March 24, 2018
Thank you @PaulSimonMusic for starting the #StamfordCT #MarchForOurLives off so beautifully today with #TheSoundsOfSilence. These #MomsDemandAction now! @MomsDemand @ENOUGHCampaign1 @CAGVNews @sandyhook pic.twitter.com/w8ajRPWAWM
— Alexandra Stevens (@hamilton_alum) March 24, 2018
Today I march for my sister, my nieces, and to honor all the lives affected by gun violence. Americans are tired of inaction from our lawmakers and we’re ready to #VoteThemOut2018 ! #MarchForOurLives #SurvivorStrong @MomsDemand @Everytown pic.twitter.com/72hMChJjb8
— Zach Elmore (@mynameiszach16) March 24, 2018
— HJH3rd🐾 (@hjh3rd) March 24, 2018
The police waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while students were slaughtered, officials have said countless lives would've been saved if the police would've done their jobs. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/gs9kAbfgRq
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) March 24, 2018
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 24, 2018
— Twitter News (@TwitterNews) March 14, 2018
— Jennifer (J.J.)Davis (@DavisJjdavis70) March 24, 2018
— Emi7y I aka the OG Emily 🆃🅸🅼🅴🅻🅴🆂🆂 🚁 (@emilynthephoto) March 24, 2018
— LynCaggianoCresswell (@lyncc) March 24, 2018
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) March 24, 2018