March For Our Lives Atlanta - John Lewis - end gun violence

Congressman John Lewis leads a march of thousands through the streets of Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Participants in Atlanta and across the nation rallied against gun violence and in support of stricter gun control. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)

I was happy to be one of the estimated 30,000 people to participate in the Atlanta March For Our Lives event.  Hopefully, the momentum of this movement for sensible gun legislation will continue to grow and changes will be made as a result.  Students voices should be heard and not silenced.

With the help of social media, Parkland High School survivors galvanized “March for Our Lives” demonstrations across the country to protest gun violence after 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting.

Speakers at the Atlanta event included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, civil rights leader Sen. John Lewis, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and shooting survivor Carly Novell.

During his speech, representative Lewis informed the crowd that he is proud of his failing grade (F) he has received from the NRA and the crowd erupted with cheer.

March For Our Lives Atlanta - call to end gun violence

Charis Hanberry and Autumn Murray

The slogan “Never Again” could be heard shouted throughout the march.  “Never Again” is a call to lawmakers to make schools safer and enact tougher gun-control laws, such as prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and banning the high-powered, highly lethal assault-style weapons used in numerous mass shootings.

March For Our Lives Student with Sign - call to end gun violence

To be clear, March For Our Lives is not calling for the removal of all guns.  The movement fully respects the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms).  Some news outlets and individuals are trying to distort their message.  The students want to feel safe while they are in school.  And parents want to feel safe sending their children to school to get their education which they deserve.

 

Call to end gun violence at March For Our Lives Atlanta

People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds participated in the March For Our Lives Atlanta event.  Everyone had the same goal – for children to feel safe while at school.  

 

Students at March For Our Lives - call to end gun violence

High School Students with their signs supporting March For Our Lives.

 

March For Our Lives - call to end gun violence

What is March For Our Lives?

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 an 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 children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

This is not just schools, though. This is churches, nightclubs, concerts, movie theaters, airports, and more. A child should not fear a bullet on their walk home. We may be children, but we are not fighting for just children. All lives are precious, and our country must make the safety of its citizens a number one priority.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities across the country. We will no longer sit and wait for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass shootings.

The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to assure that no special interest group or political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. We demand morally-just leaders to rise up from both parties in order to ensure public safety.

Specifically, we are working towards…

  1. Universal, comprehensive background checks
  2. Bringing the ATF into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
  3. Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America
  4. High-capacity magazine ban
  5. Assault weapons ban

We came together on March 24th and through continued unity, we will save lives. We will not stop our advocacy until we see the change we demand – a change that is necessary in order to save innocent lives across our nation.

Get Social with March For Our Lives!

March For Our Lives was not just the march that took place on March 24th – it is a movement.  Find out how you can get involved with upcoming townhall meetings, additional marches, and other events by clicking on one or more of heir social links below.

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  • Good to see John Lewis marching. I always enjoyed watching him as a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.

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  • I love this movement and participated in the march near me too. Change needs to come and soon, I am terrified to send my future children to school right now.

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  • Oh, never again!!! I agree with you from across the globe. That event has horrible and I am glad that your city is getting up and recovering from that gruesome happening. May proactive measures be in place already.

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  • Blair Villanueva
    April 27, 2018 3:47 am

    I don’t understand how this can’t be solve, whereas here in Asia guns are used in wars and not for these kind of violence and abuse. Maybe someone is getting more benefits ( I guess.)

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  • This is so sad ! It makes me so thankful to be a Canadian! It’s scary raising kids no need to add more to it!
    Good on your for standing up for your beliefs

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  • Jennifer Prince
    April 26, 2018 2:56 pm

    I definitely think it is good to put our beliefs into action. If you stand for a cause, then let it be known. Too many sit idle.

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  • It’s really sad for me to think about what it will be like when my kids are in school – the world is such a scary place! I’m thankful for activists that are trying to protect our children from gun violence, or more importantly protecting them from people who shouldn’t be able to purchase guns in the first place.

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  • Man I wish I could have been there. So happy to see people standing up for what’s right.

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  • I’ve never been more vocal about what needs to change during these times. It’s just all so terrible, what’s happening to the country and the world! I think it’s awesome that you were a part of this march and it’s good to keep going until they hear us and finally do something about it.

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  • My daughter marched in this in Minneapolis. We stand for responsible gun laws and gun safety-safety for ALL of our kids!

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  • Really glad you explained what this movement is all about!

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  • It really is a worrying thing to know so many have guns. I think it’s great that so many show up to show they want to stop this.

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  • My kids are only 2 and 3 but I worry about them every day. If this keeps happening to schools where children should be safe, what makes the other places safer. I fear that when they’re old enough to go to school, that this could happen to us. Seriously, this could happen to anyone. I really hope that this opens the eyes and minds of lawmakers so they can really do something to address this.

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  • I love that the community has come together in such a healthy way and for an amazing cause.

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  • I worry about my kids every day. And pray that God will protect them as they head off to learn. I wonder how teachers and educators go to work every day with the fear and responsibility of teaching, instructing and maybe even protecting our kids. While I don’t necessarily believe gun control laws are the issue, I do believe that our society has a deep need for God and a very poor mental health system. There really aren’t many options for people to get those who are mentally unstable help and support. That is a serious issue that really needs to be addressed.

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  • It’s so powerful to see such a diverse group of people come together to make a change!

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  • A well written and informative post about what this event was for! So many people are trying to make a difference and it’s inspirational.

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  • I really hope change comes soon!

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  • this is a huge discussion and an amazing step from all of you! Students should be protected in schools and not only and it is really pitty of what happened. Cross fingers and my best wishes to have someone to listen these voices and decide to do something

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  • What a great experience, and a historical one in the making! Proud of parents like you who are supporting such a great cause!

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  • I completely agree! Well done for standing up you are all truely inspirational! So much love and respect for this. In England we do not experience these things because no-one carries guns. Its time for a change

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  • That’s so good that so many people were involved in the march and what a great cause to fight for x

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  • It’s sad to see people not taking this seriously when it’s something that should be stopped. I really hope marches like this make an impact. Thank you for being part of it and for dedicating your time trying to fight the good fight.

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  • Geraline Batarra
    April 24, 2018 12:17 am

    Such a great movement and I am glad that many have participated. I am hoping that the authorities will hear this and make some change.

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  • This is a cause worthy of support. Thank you for what you do. I agree that the shootings must stop. I would like to commend everyone who participated in this event.

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  • So amazing that you went and participated! We all need to be more aware of this. No more guns to people who don’t need them or are qualified for them!

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  • Hannah swancott
    April 23, 2018 3:38 pm

    Oh my gosh – This is so powerful! Such an important thing to be a part of. Well done guys!

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  • It’s great to see something this massive finally happening in the US. The gun situation is just ridiculous and if nothing’s done all the more people are going to loose their lives.

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  • My heart goes out for them who lost someone in these mass shooting. It is so sad to see that children are not safe even in schools. I am so glad to see that so many people march against this and joined the movement. Kudos to you all!

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  • This is a great cause to march for!

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  • I love that you broke down exactly what the march was for, the cause and the specific goals. I think there’s a lot of people that don’t fully know that. I pray a change is made and our little ones dont have to deal with this much longer. ✊?

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  • “Never Again!” is my sincere hope too. Thank you for sharing about this event and its purpose. You explain the issues at hand very well. And I admire you tackling a controversial topic on your blog!

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  • Good for you for getting involved in this cause. I agree, something has to change. I’m
    In Canada where the laws are very different and thankfully we don’t have these situations or at least haven’t yet, but no parent should send their child to school and fear for their life.

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  • It’s admirable what you just did there. Thanks for sharing all about the event and its purpose.

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  • What a great event to participate in. It’s always promising to hear that people are fighting for changes to be made so that we can make the world a better place.

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