Tens of thousands of students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and others joined the student-led March for Our Lives today in Seattle. The march was one of 27 planned in Washington state and more than 800 across the country and around the world. Today’s march in Washington DC drew a crowd estimated at nearly a million.
This outpouring of people demanding gun reform has been catalyzed by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students & teachers were gunned down on Valentines Day. They are sending a clear message to lawmakers across the country that thoughts and prayers are simply not enough and that common-sense gun regulations are needed, as well as other policies to help reduce the tragic levels of gun violence in the country.
Local political commentator Geov Parrish had this to say on Facebook:
I walked the march from front to back. My best guess is 40-50k Seattle marchers. Overwhelming turnout, as in many other cities. Multiracial, LOTS of kids of all ages. Many teacher signs, too. A large, loud, boisterous crowd, no hint of counter-protesters or trouble. The bike cops were even deferring to the crowd (rather than forcing their way through it) and posing for photos. A remarkable turnout, here and everywhere.
As I posted this morning, this represents years of anger and frustration at our leaders’ political cowardice. It’s now up to all of us of voting age to represent our students. maintain that focus, and win changes in policies – or, if that doesn’t happen, change our political leaders.
Other marches in Washington state took place in Blaine, Bellingham, Eastsound, Friday Harbor, Mount Vernon, Langley, Marysville, Everett, Kingston, Silverdale, Seattle, North Bend, Vashon, Auburn, Tacoma, Olympia, Aberdeen, Longview, Vancouver, Twisp, Spokane, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Ellensburg, Yakima, Richland and Walla Walla.
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