"No child should worry about being shot in school", the mayor had said earlier, pointing out that "so many students grow up with violence and trauma that they don't know any other way to deal with it but to get stuck in that cycle themselves".
Their emotions were high and their passion, palpable. They are relatively easy to obtain and there is little regulation as to who can purchase one many are sold at local Walmarts.
"We aren't fighting to take guns away", Northrup said.
Kids off the Block, a nonprofit group involved in organizing the march, advocates for children's education and safety.
"People realize this is common sense", Northrup said.
"This is a step in the right direction", Parmar said.
"It's really scary. You just want to go to sleep, wake up and see the same people you saw yesterday".
Four of the students traveled to the nation's capital to take part in the march over the weekend.
Four years ago, I sat on the floor in the dark, holding a nonverbal 4-year-old with autism on my lap, trying to keep him quiet while Riverbend School was in lockdown when a student at Thunder Mountain High School brought a gun to school.
But changes in America's notoriously lax gun laws are likely on the way because a new generation is on the way, too. For others, fear casts a lingering shadow over each school day. I'm an eighth grader and I'm 13. "But I could be shot today", she said. "But if we are dead, how can we make change?" she asked the crowd who responded with cheers.
"Because of gun violence, I'm scared".
Students deserve to feel safe at school. Those students were just like me.
While students in the March for Our Lives movement are getting a lot of attention, legacy gun control groups are moving in to co-opt their message and engage supporters for November.
But we insisted there would be no guns in our building. But because they own so much stock, they can wield a lot of influence: They can support new directors who want to change the direction of the company and back proposals that change the way it operates.
Since then, MSD students have coordinated rallies, demonstrations at state capitols, appeared on talk shows and other events to press members of Congress into taking unprecedented action on gun safety, incurring the well-heeled wrath of the National Rifle Association along the way.
"He said the answer is a good guy with a gun", Parmar said. The Bloomberg group, in turn, is backing a "Students Demand Action" initiative and made up to $2.5 million in grants available to fund "sibling marches" outside of the primary event in D.C.
"People are dying whether Parkland or Sugar Land". How else can one do a job in which your cellphone vibrates approximately once every six hours to notify you that there has been another shooting in the city? We are here to amplify your voices. "We march for those in Parkland who didn't' survive".
Still, there have been changes: Dick's, Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean have all said they will no longer sell guns to shoppers younger than 21.
He is pleased that Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that includes three of the items on their list but if Scott runs for U.S. Senate he won't get their support until he endorses the rest of the plan, he said. Dirksen Londrigan referred to her anxiety as a parent with a child in public schools in the current climate, as well as her time as a middle school teacher.
McQueen's teacher, Nancy Zook, stood in the front row to support her student.
"Why do teachers have guns?" She was particularly moved by 11-year-old Naomi Wadler's speech about black women who have fallen to violence, which has gone viral online.
Pepping gave a big sigh.
My wife and I occasionally go to the movies and we are captive to the coming attractions.
This is why in 2018 I still can not get answers to my questions.