Chanting 'spread love, not hate,' dozens march against gun violence in Danville

Chanting 'spread love, not hate,' dozens march against gun violence in Danville


"We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises".

The protests - collectively called the "March for Our Lives" - comes just over a month after 17 people were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The massive rallies aim to break a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings like the one on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become frighteningly common.

A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 69 percent of respondents and half of Republicans now favor stronger gun control laws.

Gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association say they support tighter security around schools and other public places as well as measures to disarm the mentally disturbed and risky.

"It's kind of full circle for me", Gooze said Friday about attending the march.

And we will not stop pushing forward until politicians decide to value our lives more than gun maker profits.

Much of the conversation surrounding the March for Our Lives event has focused on the need for legislative change that directly addresses gun violence in schools. Both were bartenders at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when the shooting broke out.

Students who survived the Marshall County shooting are also speaking at the rally.

"I realize that guns are not always a bad thing", she says.

The march is also an opportunity for young people to feel connected to something larger, she said. "I was there at the capitol that day and I said that something needs to be done in Dallas", Rodgers said.

Other speakers included survivors of gun violence, and a student from Parkland. News reports have since indicated that protests planned in Indiana, Montana (dubbed "March For Our Guns") and Utah ("March Before Our Lives"). More than 100 GoFundMe campaigns have sprung up to organize bus trips to marches in major cities, according to a spokesperson for the crowdfunding platform. She said she wanted to help city kids interested in the movement but without the means to get to participate in the rally.

The march will also be held on the same weekend as the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Callie Stone, 18, was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue before the march wearing a denim jacket emblazoned with "Nasty Woman", a term President Donald Trump used against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election and that progressive women adopted as a moniker.

And celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg each donated $500,000 last month to the march's fund.

Event organizers encourage those who attend to bring a flower they can place at a memorial that will set up to honor the lives lost in the Parkland Fla. shooting on February 14.

  • Terrell Bush