They walked out of classes. They have the attention of millions. Gonzalez, who has become the face of this movement, is the youngest of three children and has lived in Parkland, Fla., her entire life. "My generation has spent our entire lives seeing mass shooting after mass shooting", and that needs to end now.
Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending package on Friday that include a bill that incentivizes state and federal authorities to report more data to the country's gun background check system.
Still, it won't be easy to blaze the trail.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here", McCartney said in NY, referring to the 1980 murder of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon.
"We never know when a sound or a smell is going to set us off, " she said of the lingering post-traumatic symptoms of many who survived the shootings. She and the other student speakers shared stories of surviving gun violence and seeing it rip apart their communities and families. Corin told USA TODAY they aren't "backing down". Discussions, if you can call them that, were at times tense, but one of the 2A supporters said he was in Washington for discourse.
"These kids are right", said Jeff Turchin, a 68-year-old retired garment manufacturer who came to Washington from NY to attend the rally. "This whole thing has taken off into a much bigger thing". We will continue to fight for common sense.
Then Emma said nothing for over four minutes. It included gun-control measures, including increasing the age to 21 to purchase firearms. "If we move on, the NRA and those against us will win", Delaney Tarr said.
"We will not stop", one student said as rally leaders thanked the crowd after the event filled with speeches and performance by celebrity singers. "You can make a little less money and be able to look at yourself in the mirror with no blood on your hands", she said in Los Angeles. Add Gun Control as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Gun Control news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Only then, he said, will there be sweeping changes on policies.
For numerous marchers, this was a moment for solidarity. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands.
She said she's planning to vote and said, looking at the hundreds of thousands packed along Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, they will be, too.
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"Since the time I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds". "I think our future is bright".
Saturday, several of the young speakers used their time to share the stage with people of color to remind people that gun violence affects all races.
"Everyone can recognize themselves in these kids, and that is really crossing boundaries", Levinson said.
Parkland teens have voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and also met with students in Chicago, a city plagued by gun violence for years.
"I had friends in Parkland", Ross said.
Elsewhere, the March for Our Lives event were held in other places across the U.S. such as New York, Seattle and Colorado to name a few.
In New York, former Beatle Paul McCartney showed up at a march and spoke of the December 1980 murder of his bandmate John Lennon.
Bob Bland, a co-president for the organization, said they quickly realized this could be a "golden opportunity".
She gave an infectious and brief speech where she called on the crowd to recite her words back to her. "I'd say there's a lot of misinformation and I came to talk to people", Eric Ciabottonia, a 19-year-old engineering major from Penn State University, said.
Protesters across the country brought with them signs that sought to underscore their intense frustration and anger with policymakers over the issue of gun violence.