School Climate & Safety

‘Protect Schools, Not Guns’: Quotes and Scenes From Nationwide Marches Calling for New Gun Laws

By The Associated Press — June 12, 2022 1 min read
People attending the March for Our Lives rally hold signs in front of the Washington Monument on June 11 in Washington.
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Thousands of people rallied on the National Mall and across the United States on Saturday in a renewed push for gun control measures.

The rally in Washington, as well as at least 300 local March for Our Lives events, were held in response to recent deadly shootings, including one in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead and shocked the nation’s conscience.

Speaker after speaker at the rally in Washington called on senators, who are seen as a major impediment to legislation, to act.

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Jecholiah Marriott, 17, a junior at Cass Technical High School, leads the March for Our Lives rally through the streets of downtown Detroit, Mich. on June 11, 2022. The rally was to protest the spike in gun violence, especially in schools across the country.
Jecholiah Marriott, 17, leads the March for Our Lives rally through the streets of downtown Detroit on June 11.
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The day after the marches, a group of senators announced a bipartisan framework responding to the shootings, a noteworthy though limited breakthrough. Among other things, the deal bolsters efforts to improve school safety.

Protecting schoolchildren was a common theme in the speeches and signs at marches nationwide. Here’s a collection of some of those moments:

Washington, D.C.

If our government can't do anything to stop 19 kids from being killed and slaughtered in their own school ... it's time to change who is in government.
Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg speaks to the crowd during in the second March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on June 11 in Washington.

We are being murdered.
Parkland survivor and activist X Gonzalez speaks to the crowd during the March for Our Lives rally on June 11 in Washington.
People arrive to attend the March for Our Lives rally on June 11 in Washington.

Detroit

I should not walk into school stressed that I’m going to be another name.
Jecholiah Marriott, 17, a junior at Cass Technical High School, leads the March for Our Lives rally through the streets of downtown Detroit, Mich. on June 11, 2022. The rally was to protest the spike in gun violence, especially in schools across the country.

I was also very heartbroken after what happened in Parkland. And here we are four years later, and the same thing is happening again.

New York City

Demonstrators calling for gun control march across the Brooklyn Bridge, on June 11 in New York.

Nothing happens in this country until young people stand up — not politicians.

Portland, Maine

It’s very American to have reasonable regulations to save the lives of our children.

Parkland, Florida

Stephanie Horowitz, 19, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School holds up a sign during the rally at Pine Trails Park Amphitheater in Parkland, Fla., on June 11.

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Williamena Kwapo, Newsroom Intern contributed to this article.

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