High school senior Margaret Parish, who also traveled all the way from Hanover, New Hampshire, says, "It's scary to be a high schooler, but I'm proud to be one now that the kids from Parkland are turning something very scary into something very powerful".
Central junior, Carla Hamwi, took part in SGF Walkout because she said she's exhausted of being scared of a shooting happening at her school. "And if you start at the beginning and say, 'hey, we're going to limit these people having guns and then we're going to limit these people, ' the end goal is just nobody's going to have guns, and that's why I'm here-to stop it before it gets to that point".
George Clooney and his wife, humanitarian lawyer Amal Clooney, were among the many stars who took to the streets of D.C.in solidarity of the protest.
So I am here today to honor the words of Toni Morrison: "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it".
"We had a great turnout, all things considered", she said. "I don't feel safe here or in my own home, and that should never be the case". They also want to extend "Gun Free Zones".
Joan Howard, whose son Kempton was shot to death in 2003, said that while Canada doesn't experience mass shootings on the same scale as the USA, it's hardly immune. A**holes"; "Children or guns.
The Hackensack rally came on the heels of city and school district officials announcing that they would be implementing enhanced security measures in local schools, including hiring retired police officers to serve as armed guards at elementary schools. The largest single-day demonstration in USA history was the 2017 Women's March, with a crowd size of 440,000 people, according to DDIS' estimates.More news: Bubba Watson wins Match Play for 2nd World Golf Championship
Azul Ponce and Olivia Milligan-Choe were two of the event's student organizers.
"Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds", Gonzalez finally said - the exact amount of time Cruz spent spraying bullets inside her school before fleeing. She is part of Richmond Ceasefire, a community group dedicated to reducing gun violence, and founder of the Ya-Neema healing circle for victims of gun violence.
"I couldn't move, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk, I couldn't think", she recalled. "Guns should not be the exception".
Meanwhile, Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, yesterday urged young people to keep shouting and not allow the older generations to silence their voices or anaesthetise their idealism, but stopped short of mentioning the demonstrations.
But positive change might be on the horizon, from smart state laws to businesses distancing themselves from guns. "I am here in support of the kids who I really appreciate and admire". We're going to make this a voting issue.
At all of the recent events, including at a town hall on gun violence at Central High School, voter registration tables were set up.
"You see a lot of people around you all the time who are so for guns and against gun control", she said.