March For Our Lives

Megan Smith, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, March 4, students from Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida put together an event to bring attention to gun violence in America after the deadly school shooting that struck their high school less than a month before. The event featured a few celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande. It also had people who simply spoke: Edna Chavez, Emma Gonzalez, Yolanda Renee King (Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter), and Samantha Fuentes who had the crowd join in to sing happy birthday to deceased classmate Nick Dworet.

Emma Gonzalez, one of the “known” speakers for speeches and rallies revolving around gun violence stood in silence with the crowd for about six minutes and then stated that was the time it took for school shooter Nikolas Cruz to take the lives of seventeen students. She also added to her speech a quote that had been roaming around the event, “fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.” Martin Luther King Jr’s granddaughter had her own saying as well “I have a dream that enough is enough,” which had inspiration from King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Many rally participants held up signs with different sayings like “you can put a silencer on a gun…but not on the voice of the people,” or “arms are for hugging.” There were even kids at the vent with parents who help signs that said “kindness not gun violence,” or “am I next?” They held their posters up and even people from different states and countries joined in. They rallied in places like Tokyo, London, and many locations around the world. Although, there are times when counter-protesters show up at events. According to theguardian.com, Salt Lake City, Utah about 500 pro-gun marchers walked to the state capital but they were outnumbered by the estimated 15,000 anti-gun marchers.