March For Our Lives Atlanta
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.
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.
Safer Gun Laws
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.
Diversity at the March
People of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and political backgrounds participated in the March For Our Lives Atlanta event. Everyone had the same goal – for children to feel safe while at school.
About 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, they are working towards…
- Universal, comprehensive background checks
- Bringing the ATF into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
- Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America
- High-capacity magazine ban
- Assault weapons ban
They came together on March 24th and through continued unity, they will save lives. They will not stop their advocacy until they see the change they 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 town hall meetings, additional marches, and other events by clicking on one or more of their social links below.