The student led movement in response to Parkland, Florida shooting gains momentum with more than 800 marches on Saturday
By Bryan Ramos
he tide is turning. Saturday morning, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of their communities as March For Our Lives, the student led movement protesting gun violence and pushing for stricter gun laws, took place in more than 800 cities across the world.
With more than 800,00 flocking to Washington, D.C., including the survivors, friends and families of the 17 lives lost in the Stoneman Douglas shooting on Feb. 24, all eyes were on the youth of America who organized the marches and are leading the fight for gun control.
One of the biggest messages delivered by the youth during the March for Our Lives throughout the country, the students who have grown up normalized to school shootings will soon be eligible to vote.
Sister marches popped up world-wide from London and Amsterdam, to here in the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Mission and Brownsville.
McAllen’s March For Our Lives event, which began at Lamar Academy, saw more than 500 attendees marching and standing together with the countless victims of senseless gun violence in school shootings.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez was on hand to give his support to the young people and supporters leading the movement.
Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas shooting and one of the leaders of the movement, provided the loudest moment of silence ever heard. With tears running down her face, Gonzalez said the shooting at her school went on for “about six minutes and 20 seconds,” and proceeded to name each victim who lost their life, followed by the emotional moment of silence.
At the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, Florida school survivor Emma Gonzalez weeps quietly for the majority of her speech, which lasted 6 minutes and 20 seconds — the duration of the Stoneman Douglas massacre https://t.co/1SW65sNMd5 pic.twitter.com/21ssJjQLsE
— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
We also met Naomi Wadler, an amazing 11-year old who led a walkout at her school with just one other student last week.
"I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page" –Naomi Wadler, 11-years-old pic.twitter.com/SMDgcPHHtg
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) March 24, 2018
Donald Trump, who spent the day at his private club Mar-a-Lago, had his motorcade change its route to avoid crossing paths with the March for Our Lives protest. This is the same person who said he would have run towards the gunfire unarmed in the Stoneman Douglas shooting.
Here are some of the best signs from the more than 800 March for Our Lives events across the world.