The historic March For Our Lives event taking place in Washington, D.C. today, as well as in 800 other cities around the nation and world, is the face of a youth-dominated push for common sense gun reform.
The mission statement for organizers says, “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 a firing 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 schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”
— Twitter News (@TwitterNews) March 14, 2018
That message has been heard loud and clear across the nation. In Washington, D.C. alone, an estimated 800,000 people have turned out for the event, dwarfing other events such as, say, Donald Trump’s inauguration.
‘The main event started at noon, with participants gathering hours earlier on Pennsylvania Avenue near the US Capitol.
‘As the crowds began arriving Saturday morning, the march turned into a massive standing-room-only rally. The resounding message: Washington’s inaction on the scourge of gun violence is no longer acceptable.
— Jonathan Thompson (@JTfromDC) March 24, 2018
‘”To the leaders, skeptics and cynics who told us to sit down, stay silent and wait your turn, welcome to the revolution,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky told the throngs in Washington.
‘”Either represent the people or get out. Stand for us or beware.”‘
Many leaders, such as President Barack Obama, lent their support to the movement on social media.
Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen. Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 24, 2018
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH
— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
Republicans can either get with the times, or get voted out of office. The stark reality is demographic—as the Fox News fanbase dies off, the younger generations will step forward to do the right thing. The youth vote overwhelmingly trends Democratic, and if Republicans continually insist on taking the wrong side of modern issues, they will not be looked kindly upon in the history books.
— Harry Zahn (@harry_zahn) March 24, 2018
This march has made it clear where the energy is on this issue, and Republicans best beware come November.
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— UnsilentMajority ? (@The_UnSilent_) March 24, 2018
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