On March 24, 2018, hundreds of thousands of people around the world made history. After a gunman killed 17 high-schoolers at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High over a month ago, cries for stricter gun laws rang out across the country.
My friend Anna (left) and me
My friend and I, both in 8th grade, made the decision to march in New York City for our right to feel safe in our school and for our right to live. No more thoughts and no more prayers; the people marching today just wanted action.
A group of students donned in orange
Political figures around the country told us that we were being exploited by celebrities, that we had a political ‘agenda,’ and that we were too young to understand politics. We marched not because someone told us to, but because we wanted to stand up for what we believed in.
We met countless inspiring young women: a group of girls dressed head to toe in orange (above), a young college graduate who volunteered to register voters, and a young girl in primary school carrying a sign that read “If Hogwarts defeated Voldemort, then we will defeat the NRA!”
The sun blessed us with warm weather for our march
While this may not be the last time we have to march for gun control, we have the nation’s attention. Already, lawmakers are proposing gun reform laws. The laws are far from perfect, but it’s a start. I truly believe that this generation will be the generation that changes the world.
By Lily Piede