March For Our Lives Coverage
hosted and produced by Fred Irby IV
You live in the District long enough, you come to realize that all the protests, rallies, demonstrations and marches year-round are simply par for the course in the Nation’s Capital.
Yet, I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that what occurred on March 24th, 2018 along and around that storied stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House was quite different from your standard issue demonstration downtown. In fact, I’d go as far to say it increasingly feels that the March for Our Lives may ultimately be remembered as the inflection point on gun policy here in America.
I went down to the March For Our Lives to get a first hand feel for the #NeverAgain angst sparked by the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
A shooting which left 17 dead, but in its aftermath left a student body determined to prevent the next school shooting by, ironically, attacking the rigor mortis that appears to have set into gun regulations, or lack thereof, here in America.
What I saw was a cross-section of Americans AND immigrants, showing unanimous support, appreciation and admiration for the young men and women who put together the March. Those not yet old enough to vote, yet of such overwhelming courage and moxie, they were able to motivate those old enough to vote to put their words to action.
What I heard were the voiced frustrations of those tired of the continued and blatant government inaction on all levels; oftentimes referencing the gun laws found in other developed nations where universal background checks and bans on assault rifles are just…common sense.
I had conversations with high school students, college students, elementary school students, school shooting survivors, teachers—none of which, by the way, were for the proposal of arming school teachers—moms, dads, gun owners, gun enthusiasts, those who hate guns, and many more; all of whom were captivated enough to travel from however far to make their presence and frustrations be known.
These are just a few of the excerpts from those conversations, each of which speaks to the collective sentiment felt at the March For Our Lives.
Edited and Scored by Wreck Tech