11 June 2022
The organization was formed by survivors of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre in 2018. The gunman that day was only 19 years old.
“I’m now 18 and unfortunately, I’ve been in this fight my whole high school career. And I chose to miss some graduation festivities because some students are missing the rest of their lives,” March for Our Lives Organizer Laura McDow said.
Like the group of survivors that formed after the shooting in Florida, this rally’s also organized by students. Adults came too, horrified by the deaths of fourth graders in Uvalde, Texas at the hands of another teenaged shooter.
“The fear that we have, of what it’s gonna mean to send her to public schools. What it’s gonna mean to go to the grocery store, to the mosque, and live in that fear that somebody is coming to harm us,” Durham County Commissioner Nila Allam said to the crowd.
She and her husband are preparing for the birth of their first child in eight weeks.
Signs held by many blame the NRA and politicians who send thoughts and prayers without legislative action.
“I cannot vote until next year, but I hope that by the time I can, I won’t be able to buy a rifle. No more thoughts and prayers. We need action now.,” Ashley Ju, Cary March for Our Lives said.
Similar words were spoken in rallies in Raleigh and across the country in hopes it will spur elected authorities into action. The people who organized the rally say if it doesn’t happen, there will be consequences at the ballot box.
“And once my generation is through with them, anyone who doesn’t take action will no longer have a seat,” McDow said.
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