By Katey Herndon, Copy Editor
Saturday March 24th, 2018 was a momentous day regarding the movement on stricter gun laws. Almost half a million-people gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue right in front of the capital to demand change. Many waited for hours, chanting, holding signs, and praying for change.
The March For Our Lives rally was planned by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida. The march pushed for our representatives to pass common sense gun laws. Since there was such a crowd, instead of marching people stood in solidarity with all the lives lost due to gun violence.
Not only was there an enormous march in Washington, D.C. but all over the U.S. and even other countries around the world. Many large cities and communities held marches. There was a march in Louisville, which many Assumption students attended. Many Assumption students attended the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. About 30 students left school at 8 pm on Friday, March 23rd and drove through the night on a charter bus, arriving around 6:30 in the morning. Even though other schools from around Louisville also marched in D.C., Assumption was the only Catholic school to attend.
The march started around noon on Saturday March 24 and lasted for about three hours. There was a large stage set up in front of the nation’s capital. Many performers took the stage including Common, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Andra Day, Miley Cyrus, and more. There were also many speakers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left many speechless with their moving stories. Many others spoke about their experiences with gun violence. Many celebrities were also there to march and support the cause including Kim Kardashian with her daughter North, Selena Gomez, George Clooney, Halsey, and many more who voiced their support.
The March was heavily guarded with hundreds of police officers and signs not permitting firearms or weapons. In the crowd you could find students, teachers, parents, and young children voicing their support to end gun violence. Many took to the stage voicing their anger and a desperate need for change including Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter Yolanda King. Many joined in chanting “enough is enough” in between speakers coming to the stage.
After the march was over, Assumption students boarded back on the bus, driving 11 hours back to Louisville not able to keep their mind off the life changing event they had just been apart of. It is something that will stay with them forever. Arriving around 4:30 in the morning back at Assumption, students embraced their parents filling them on their life changing experience.