"March For Our Lives #CountryStrong #Vegasstrong".
The trip to the march was organized by juniors Roman Doumbia and Sydney Kukoda, who are resident assistants in Horan and Lee Hall, respectively. "Together we are whole; together we are one". "My students are very concerned".
In his remarks, Obama said young people have "lost faith in existing institutions" and that they need "to find ways to make these institutions more relevant to the times and to connect with young people and you can't do that unless you give young people some ability to participate".
"At what point in our history did the necessity of safety and security become controversial?" asked student activist and organizer Nathaniel Farnor.
"Its student driven and it's incredible and the speeches were powerful and they are committed and angry, because adults have failed them".
"Gun violence isn't just an issue that affects middle class white teenagers in public schools", he said.
"We are the change America needs", Harper said. We're more educated about things than [adults] think we are.
"We want to make people in government listen to what we have to say because this is a problem, people are dying every day from gun violence", said Gallagher.
Thousands of cities around the world marched to demand legislative action to address gun violence in the United States.
She and the other 20 or so core group members also ignited more than 800 rallies worldwide ranging in size from 150,000 in New York City to 1,000 in Ocean City, NJ to 20 in McComb, Miss. In the weeks since Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she and her classmates have pushed for gun control.
At the D.C. march, the National Education Association teachers' union handed out posters from Amplifier.org proclaiming that kids, not guns, should be protected. "She sent me to get an education and to come home, not to worry about lockdowns".
Long recalled the conversation she had with Taleah when the Parkland shooting happened. "If I wasn't so busy with school this week, I'd be writing a letter tonight", he said.
The group, which will remain unofficial until it can apply for recognition next year, has already hosted Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Rebecca Fischer earlier this month and is planning an upcoming event to discuss stigmas surrounding mental illness and gun violence. They graciously agreed to share their respective March experiences with me. They believe that, while the shooter is ultimately responsible for this terrible crime, the complacency and inaction of our nation's government has allowed gun culture to reach a risky boiling point. They aren't impossible to enforce.
This time, they don't just hope it will be different.
Chang believes that several courses of action can be taken in order to prevent further instances of gun violence.
She pointed out that this means that more than "90 percent of the people there who actually can vote today". "I don't think fear has an age associated with it", Jordan said. The most motivated voters may not be voting specifically for gun control, but a rising liberal tide will raise all ideological boats. There were clear themes, including the need to vote - "Vote them out" or "I'm going to vote in 2020" - which is part of this movement's agenda. Learn their stances on the issues.
"Parents are supposed to represent us, but if the parents don't know what we want, then they can't represent us well", Pierce said.
Seventeen-year-old Averie Lester was one of those students who gathered on the outskirts of the march where the view of the stage was obscured, but the voices of student speakers, celebrity performances and the chants of their fellow protesters could still be heard.