Today, Saturday, March 24th, was the official March for Our Lives protest. Organized and inspired by student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, March For Our Lives participants took to the streets of Washington, D.C. — and hundreds of cities and towns around the world — to demand that Congress act on common-sense gun control measures to help prevent future tragedies.
The ongoing debate over gun control in America has taken a turn since the Parkland shooting on February 14th. People are speaking up, loudly and proudly. Many Marjory Stoneman Douglas students have quickly become household names for their courageous activism. By working with a combination of social media and national news outlets, the Parkland survivors have used their experiences and voices to further the cause in ways we haven’t seen in years. Students like Emma Gonzalez have been challenging the NRA, the president, and other elected officials to question just why they prioritize gun ownership over the lives of human beings.
Across the country, millions of people joined together at March For Our Lives to stand with survivors of gun violence. And as with any march, participants brought signs adorned with powerful slogans to make even more of an impact.
Here are 15 of the most powerful signs from the March For Our Lives protests across the nation.
It was both heartbreaking and touching to see kids this young at the march.
Teachers came out in full force to throw their support behind the students.
Some March For Our Lives signs were straight to the point.
Others were incredibly personal.
Many marchers used humor and pop culture references to make their point.
Numbers don’t lie, people.
Unsurprisingly, students sported some of the most powerful signs.
Teachers never take a day off.
It’s not just about schools, either. It’s about gun violence everywhere.
Don’t come for millennials.
There were tons of signs reminding people to register to vote.
So many loved ones of school shooting survivors and victims were in attendance at March For Our Lives.
Let’s not forget that many other developed countries have much lower rates of gun violence.
Citing the words of our heroes is always a powerful option, especially when it’s too hard to find the words yourself.
In the end, all anyone wants is for kids to be protected.
These powerful March For Our Lives signs help remind us what’s at stake. Let’s hope these words and images influence those in Congress to follow the lead of students everywhere by saying “yes” to common-sense gun control.