March For Our Lives

Mikaila Vanderzeyde


On March 24, 2018, families, friends, and protesters participated in the walk that took place in Washington D.C. Thousands of citizens of America walked in unity as the walk resembled a protest against gun violence. Students (victims) that have experienced gun violence had speeches as they articulated about the moment they had to reach out to their parents affirming that they were still alive. The march had a great show out as thousands and thousands of citizens came to support the cause. Already in 2018, there have been 17 school shootings that have taken place in America, which averages out to 1.4 shootings a week. Many people who decided to walk had different purposes on why they were there. Many wanted closure for either their friend, or family that they had lost during one of the 17 shootings. Some decided to walk to advocate gun control that has been up for discussion ever since one of the most talked about shootings, the Parkland Shooting that killed a total of 17 children and faculty members that worked at the school. The majority of the people who walked believed that something should be done about certain laws that allow citizens under 21 to carry a gun as it seems to be the reason for the shootings that have taken place. The shooters were carrying registered guns in their own names because they were of age. Others such as the President of The United States believe that it leans towards more of a mental health aspect. A survivor of the Parkland shooting took the stand as she took the time to remember the death of her classmates and listed things that they would never be able to do again. Emma Gonzalez lost 17 of her classmates, during the time of her speech she had spoken, “ Since the time I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds, and the shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free an hour before arrest.” Emma as well as other victims of gun violence spoke upon the issue involving gun control, violence, and hate upon races. Although the participates left the march feeling moved and emotional, some disagreed with the walk all in all. The NRA posted a letter on facebook discussing the walk that took place on March 24th was created by, “ gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites.. Manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our rights to defend ourselves and loved ones.” Although some disagreed with the message they had believed the marchers were displaying, the march was not a violent protest. What the march did teach children was to stand up for what you believe in, and make a change if you see something that’s affecting you or the world. Going forward, people who participated in the march hoped for better protection as well as reduce the number of school shootings that take place in America