Seventeen students and teachers died at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018 due to gun violence. On the one month anniversary of the Parkland massacre, March 14th, 2018, many schools across the U.S. walked out of class to honor the victims. The goal of the walkout was to advocate gun control to ban assault rifles and mandate background checks for all firearm sales. Students and staff at my school, Lincoln Middle school walked out for seventeen minutes carrying banners and signs with the various hashtags and phrases to advocate for sensible gun control and to stop the killing of innocent lives. I joined over 500 students and staff or 80% of our school population in this peaceful protest.
Another protest was held across the country called The March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. Kylie, Jada, Kieu, Dan, Sharleen and I joined the Alameda March starting at the crosswalk of Park Street and Santa Clara. Several hundred people marched down Park Street to Big 5 to protest their sale of assault rifles, holding signs with slogans like, “Arms are for Hugging”, “Using the 1st Amendment to Challenge the 2nd Amendment” and “The Right to Bear Arms is NOT a License to Kill”.