The organizations behind the massive 2018 #MarchForOurLives demonstration— the student-led protest in support of gun control legislation that was launched in the wake of the horrific shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — are back today with a repeat demonstration, both in Washington D.C. and in cities across the country.
The original #MarchForOurLives was organized by the teenage survivors of the shooting who formed a group called Never Again MSD. They coordinated the march in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, a group formed by the merger of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The initial march attracted between 1.2 and 2 million Americans to its nationwide series of demonstrations, making it one of the largest protests in American history, but it was ultimately unsuccessful in having Congress pass its agenda of legislating universal background checks on all gun sales, raising the federal age of gun ownership and possession to 21,closing of the gun show loophole, a restoration of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks in the United States.
With the recent explosion of mass shootings — including the Tops Supermarket massacre in Buffalo, NY, and the Uvalde, Texas school shootings — the need for another demonstration to help urge recalcitrant Republican politicians to finally take action to pass sensible gun regulations was obvious.
Former Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School student and current Harvard University attendee David Hogg joined with the other founders and board members of March For Our Lives to organize today’s demonstrations both in Washington D.C. and in cities across the country.
Here’s a compendium of Twitter posts from the frontlines of the protests. This first one shows the protests in Buffalo where the reverberations from the Tops Supermarket shootings still echo among the Black population of the city who were specifically targeted by the shooter.
In Buffalo hundreds come out to #MarchForOurLives after loosing 10 of people to a mass shooting almost a month ago. #MarchForOurLives #BuffaloStrong pic.twitter.com/2BGLG4rahj
— Skyleigh Heinen (@Sky_Lee_1) June 11, 2022
Downstate in New York City, demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and up the street where ticker-tape parades are normally held.
Across the Brooklyn Bridge and up the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway! #MarchForOurLives @MomsDemand @Everytown pic.twitter.com/NSH58gkkXV
— Debbie Scott (@ScottDebbieKay) June 11, 2022
Lots of young people marching across the Brooklyn Bridge today, demanding that our politicians show they value the lives of our youth and pass gun safety measures.#MarchForOurLives #MarchForOurLivesJune11 #EndGunViolence #ProtectOurKids pic.twitter.com/iKKMRJ2KXP
— Brooke Pierce (@BPie7) June 11, 2022
Across the country in California, March For Our Lives demonstrators gathered as well.
In #CA27 we are committed to an assault weapon & high capacity magazine ban, red flag & safe storage laws, & universal background checks. We won’t back down!! We will vote!! #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/rn1NCN4T92
— Christy Smith (@ChristySmithCA) June 11, 2022
The protests even drew crowds in the deep red South as this video from North Carolina shows.
This 18 yo high school student at the Raleigh NC #MarchforOurLives perfectly sums up why the GOP is TERRIFIED of losing in 2022. Last chance to enact voter suppression and gerrymandering legislation before kids who have grown up in lockdown drills start swinging the vote blue. pic.twitter.com/ORX1Yl5cPl
— Dave McSwain (@DMcSwainMD) June 11, 2022
The demonstrations were a great opportunity for political candidates who support gun reform legislation to raise their profiles with voters, as this Senate candidate from Arkansas did.
Today I joined my fellow Arkansans in the #MarchForOurLives. Enough is enough! The people of Arkansas want change. We must take action to pass common sense gun laws NOW! pic.twitter.com/xJtZeljuBU
— Natalie James for U.S. Senate (@JamesForAR) June 11, 2022
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined a protest in Savannah, Georgia.
#MarchForOurLives yes that's STACY 💪🇺🇸 she came out to stand with us today in Savannah GA pic.twitter.com/G4NuxHeWjC
— lifes a beach 🇺🇸💙🇺🇦🌻 (@blueninety90) June 11, 2022
In Denver, Colorado residents expressed their frustrations with the easy availability of assault weapons.
Indiana residents staged a march in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA @MomsDemand and @Everytown supporters turn out for @AMarch4OurLives #MarchForOurLives rally to demand our elected officials stop the epidemic of gun violence that is stealing American lives. pic.twitter.com/D6jAG2yRBq
— Flyover State Mom (@FlyoverStateMom) June 11, 2022
Montana, Michigan, Oregon, and Rhode Island were also represented among the cities holding demonstrations
Missoula, Lansing, Portland, Providence: #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/00dytgPJzf
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) June 11, 2022
This is not a moment, it is a movement to save lives! Proud to stand with partners, and now is the time to be BOLD! Text BOLD to 64433, tell your Senator to take action on gun safety! Our message? #DontLookAway #MarchForOurLives @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/erQF6fSi20
— michele mueller (@hilarybama) June 11, 2022
In Parkland, Florida, where the original March For Our Lives originated, protestors rallied around Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist who is attempting to unseat incumbent Ron DeSantis, an NRA favorite who has worked to loosen gun restrictions in the state.
Today with #TeamCrist representing @CharlieCrist at the #MarchForOurLives rally in Parkland. #BanAssaultWeapons! pic.twitter.com/MLkiUsWYEC
— Edward Mena (@EdwardMenaFL) June 11, 2022
Meanwhile, at the main March For Our Lives site in Washington D.C., an estimated crowd of 40 thousand people showed up despite the rainy weather.
40K in the rain.
THIS IS NOT A MOMENT. THIS IS A MOVEMENT. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/djQewi7pJr
— March For Our Lives ☮️ (@AMarch4OurLives) June 11, 2022
Let’s hope that this latest edition of #MarchForOurLives finally results in the passage of at least some form of gun legislation that restricts access to assault weapons by the deranged mass shooters who can now buy military-grade armaments with little question.
It’s long past the time.
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