Another Voice: We need to protect our children from gun violence

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"Now there is no way I am not going to march".

The massive March For Our Lives rallies, some led by student survivors from Parkland, aim to break legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become frighteningly common. Parents, grandparents, students and children marched down Higgins to Caras Park, carrying signs such as "Kids Not Guns" and "Thoughts and Prayers Will Never Be Enough".

Organizers of the march in Washington, D.C., hoped to draw 500,000 people on Saturday. "We aren't only about social media".

Charlie Dodge is a senior at Temple City High School, where she is editor in chief of the Rampage. To reach the microphone at the end of her speech, Cora stood on her tiptoes.

"Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job", she said, before leaving the stage. "And we are in front". So on Saturday, the students of Parkland will lead a March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

A group of Caprock High School students organized this march and said they want to make a difference starting right here in Amarillo.

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"I hope that after you march today, you march to the polls in November", Pereira said.

The national organization was founded by an IN mother of five, who was motivated by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We are here with the same amount of passion and concern as we had from the beginning. "Companies are changing their policies and what they sell".

Since the Parkland attack, the state of Florida and the US Congress have made only modest tweaks to gun laws and President Donald Trump's proposal to arm teachers has met with widespread resistance.

"The Board of Freeholders wants to support the students who are leading this cause", said Cappelli.

Other measures include students and school personnel being required to carry visible identification cards with them at all times while on school grounds and the assignment of additional security personnel. In York, local Democrats such as West York Mayor Shawn Mauck and State Representative Carol Hill-Evans spoke at the rally.

Sarah Arnold, a 25-year-old arts educator, said she wanted to be in the crowd to show her support for survivors of gun violence, and she was surprised by the large turnout.

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Desiree Galassi, from Newton, Connecticut described how her community suffered at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

"I think it is more the video games that people play these days", Mercado said.

The crowd took over Park Square at noon, with many individuals displaying signs that included statistics about gun-related deaths, criticizing the power of the National Rifle Association and memorializing those killed in mass shootings. But all that, five years of very hard work, was all holding the line. "It just feels like we could do better. We want to make progress".

Protesters were met in Hermosa Beach by Congressman Ted Lieu, State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ben Allen, who each said they support stronger gun control laws.

"What they are saying is that they need us".

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