Disgusted, worried and resolute communities all over the country are coming together to say enough is enough in light of recent gun violence tragedies.
The March for Our Lives was started by student organizers after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. The movement’s powerful mission statement exudes determination and inspiration. It states,
“Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.”
While the main rally took place earlier today on Pennsylvnia Avenue in Washington, D.C. cities all over United States hosted their own, even right here in Scranton.
Sophomore primary education and special education major Grace Hambrose was among those rallying.
“As a future educator I want my students to feel safe and have the best learning experience possible,” Hambrose said. “By rallying and informing as many people as possible, we take small steps to achive this goal.”
Senior occupational therapy major Marie Mactigue also attended the powerful rally.
“It important for us to represent this as students because this is a huge school issue,” Mactigue said. “It’s affecting students so we thought it would be good for us to represent the University.”
The March for Our Lives website states that 846 marches were organized around the world. Organizers estimated 800,000 participants at the march in Washington, D.C., which is 300,000 more participants than the inaugural Women’s March according to the Washington Post.
“It’s such an important cause and I think it’s so cool that students are at the heart of it,” senior nursing major Kaitlin Zimmermann said. “I only witnessed the Scranton march in passing and it was still so moving.”
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