March For Our Lives was led by students who are in support of tighter gun control to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings.
On March 24, thousands of protestors walked the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The March For Our Lives movement followed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in which many students at Western attended. Western students attended the march for differing reasons.
Freshman Angel Harrison gave her insight on gun control and why you cannot trust all citizens to abide by the rules.
“My opinion about gun control is that the mere idea of it implies that the average U.S citizen cannot be trusted to abide by the principal that you do not murder another human. It implies that if there isn’t a law forbidding us [and] will venture forth and kill other people. It also implies that citizens are not at the same level as those in government,” Harrison said.
In St. Joseph about 300 people marched and protested along the North Belt Highway on Saturday. The march was a two mile march and it was filled with high school students, college students and people in the community.
Paul Granberry heard about the protest and decided to participate to help make a change and advocate for gun free zones.
“I believe the protest is a great way for students to advocate for gun free zones. I chose to go to the protest because it gave myself and others who shared the same opinion an opportunity to express them,” Granberry said.
Amani Myers, freshman, did not hear about the March For Our Lives protest here at Western, but would have attended the march if she saw it advertised.
“So many people in solidarity, in circumstances that should have never existed in the first place. But still in solidarity, in support, in surging revolution for better tomorrows for all. Call your senators, sign petitions, have these conversations with your families, with friends and with strangers,” Myers said.
March for Our Lives was not the only protest planned. In addition to a nationwide school walkout that happened earlier this month, students everywhere are also planning a national high school walkout on April 20, the 19 anniversary of the Columbine shootings.