John Collins, 19, a University of Cincinnati student, cheers outside city hall during the "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety.
PHOTO CREDITS: JOHN MINCHILLO, AP via National Geographic
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to rally for gun control. The March for Our Lives was organized by the students of Parkland, FL who mourned the loss of 17 lives last month in a tragic school shooting. More than 200,000 people marched in Washington D.C. and there were over 800 other protests around the world.
The march in D.C. featured some powerful speeches by inspiring youth such as 11-year-old Naomi Wadle and Parkland, FL’s outspoken Emma González. Naomi brought attention to the often overlooked victims of gun violence, African-American girls. Emma used an extended and precise moment of silence to demonstrate how quickly their lives had changed forever.
The student-organized and led protests had three goals in mind:
Pass a law to ban the assault weapons frequently used in mass shootings
Prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines
Close loopholes in America's background checks and implement laws that require background checks on every gun purchase
These massive demonstrations are just the beginning of a grassroots movement that can change this country forever. Get involved with March for Our Lives and sign the petition for better gun control.